A pair of old curling teammates are hooking up once again in St. John’s. Mark Nichols, originally from Labrador City, is reuniting with Brad Gushue of St. John’s following a couple of years curling with Jeff Stoughton in Winnipeg, the team announced on its Facebook page Monday.
Newfoundland and Labrador third Mark Nichols (left) and second Jamie Korab (right) get ready to sweep a shot by skip Brad Gushue in this file photo. Nichols will rejoin the Gushue rink. - Photo by The Canadian Press
The two curled together from 1998-2011, winning a world junior championship and the big one in 2006, Olympic gold in Torino, Italy.
Nichols will take up his old position of third shot on the team, joining the front end duo of lead Geoff Walker of Alberta and second Brett Gallant of P.E.I.
Nichols’s arrival means P.E.I. native Adam Casey is no longer with the team.
“Really looking forward to having a world-class player like Mark join our team next season,” said Gallant.
Nichols just missed out winning a Brier with Stoughton in 2013, losing the final game to Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs.
Gushue was seventh on the World Curling Tour’s points list this year, and finished fifth on the money list, winning $62,069.
He reached the semifinal of the Tour’s Payers Championship this past weekend, losing to Jacobs in the semifinal.