Gushue joining Martin rink at Olympic trials

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Newfoundland skip will serve as team’s fifth

Brad Gushue figures to be a scout, match-maker — well, as far as curling goes, hooking up rocks of similar curl — and, if need be, water boy next month in Winnipeg.
Just don’t expect Gushue to be doing a lot of curling at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.

Brad Gushue delivers a stone at the Capital One Road to the Roar in Kitchener, Ont. this past weekend. Gushue was invited to join Kevin Martin’s rink as a fifth for the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials next month in Winnipeg.

A day after Gushue and his Bally Haly Country Club curlers were KO’d from the Olympic Pre-Trials, the 2006 Olympic gold-medalist was added to Kevin Martin’s team as fifth man at the Trials starting Dec. 1.

Gushue knows a thing or two about adding a fifth man. At the ‘05 Trials, Hall of Famer Russ Howard was added to the Newfoundland team as a spare, jumped into a starting role calling the game and curling second stones, playing a huge role in Gushue’s win.

In Winnipeg, however, Gushue is adamant he has no intentions of playing, unless of course Martin, third Dave Nedohin or one of the two front end men, Ben Hebert or Marc Kennedy, comes up injured or is felled by sickness.

“No,” Gushue said, “I want to be a pure fifth man. I have no intentions or will to play.”

Rather, Gushue said he will be busy watching other teams curl, preparing, if you will, a scouting report through the week. That and matching rocks, “and stuff they don’t need to be doing.

“When they contacted me, I said I’d think about it. But there’s nothing but upside, and it’s a good chance to get to the Olympics now that we’re eliminated.”

Eight teams are entered in the Trials — Martin, Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton, Mike McEwan, Glenn Howard, John Epping, John Morris (Martin’s former third) and Brad Jacobs.

Morris and Jacobs came through the Pre-Trials in Kitchener. Jacobs, in fact, got by Gushue 7-5 Sunday night in the final game for a spot in the Trials.

Organizations: Bally Haly Country Club, Olympic Pre-Trials

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Winnipeg, Kitchener

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Recent comments

  • Hurry Hard
    November 13, 2013 - 18:20

    starting to think you had one lucky tournament Brad, you haven't won anything since the Olympics. No doubt you are currently the best we have at home, but on a national level, you have work to do. This steady parade of testing players every year and players leaving your team has to end. Starting to look like the bad apple yourself.

  • david
    November 13, 2013 - 12:07

    Taking a page out of the Costa Concordia school of 'Every Man for Himself'.

  • fed up with Gushue
    November 13, 2013 - 07:56

    Well I'll be rooting for Stoughton to win. They have a true Newfoundlander on their teams, who is capable of winning and pulling up his boots when the going gets tough! Not rolling over and sooking about losing! C'mon Nicols em how it's done in Sochi!

    • Dave
      November 13, 2013 - 09:26

      Same Nicols who cried on TV announcing that he is retiring only to jump on the bandwagon when Stoughton came knocking. Nicols lost a lot of resect from so many people after his little charade.

    • Mike
      November 13, 2013 - 10:02

      It really doesn't matter what Gushue does, the haters will always dump on him. Your "true Newfoundlander" left our province for another. Gushue has always, and continues, to do whatever he can to win for his province. I'm sure he has had plenty of opportunities to go elsewhere, but he wants to bring the Brier title back to Newfoundland. With regards to him joining Martin for the trials, he would be absolutely foolish not to.

    • david
      November 13, 2013 - 12:10

      Mike: "Gushue has always, and continues, to do whatever he can to win for his province." Just drop the last 3 words.

  • barbara
    November 13, 2013 - 07:35

    I teresting