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.
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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.