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Gushue wins opener at Players Championship

Less than 48 hours after winning the world men's curling championship in Edmonton, Brad Gushue and his St. John's rink were back in action, this time iat the Players Championship in Toronto, where they won their opening game in the Grand Slame event.
Less than 48 hours after winning the world men's curling championship in Edmonton, Brad Gushue and his St. John's rink were back in action, this time iat the Players Championship in Toronto, where they won their opening game in the Grand Slame event.

Brad Gushue’s winning streak continues.

Gushue and his world men’s curling championship team of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker won their first game in defence of their title at the WestJet Players’ Championship Tuesday night in Toronto.
Gushue and his St. John’s rinkmates defeated Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 7-2 during the opening draw of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event being played at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens.
The win came less than 48 hours after Gushue and Co. won their world gold medal Sunday night in Edmonton, with a 4-2 win over Sweden’s Niklas Edin, who is also one of the 12 entries in the men’s division at the Players.
The Gushue rink went undefeated in Edmonton, going 13-0 at the worlds. They had similar success at the Players in 2016, going 8-0 on their way to the title
“We have great memories from last year,” Gallant told Sportnet’s Jonathan Brazeau.  “Obviously it’s probably the toughest event of the year to win because you’ve got the 12 best teams of the season, so we’re going to have to play really well. Hopefully we have one more left in us.”
Gush takes on John Morris tonight.
Round-robin coverage of the event on Sportsnet begins Thursday.

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