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There could be as many as four of Gushue's ex-teammates competing in Brier

In this March 4, 2016 file photo, Northwest Territories third Chris Schille (left) and skip Jamie Koe watch an opponent's shot during the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. Schille, a former teammate of Newfoundland and Labrador champion Brad Gushue, and Koe will be back for this year's Brier, to be played next month in St. John's.
In this March 4, 2016 file photo, Northwest Territories third Chris Schille (left) and skip Jamie Koe watch an opponent's shot during the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. Schille, a former teammate of Newfoundland and Labrador champion Brad Gushue, and Koe will be back for this year's Brier, to be played next month in St. John's.

The remaining five 2017 provincial men's curling championships will be decided this week in British, Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Northern Ontario and New Brunswick, and for fans who plan to take in this year's Brier, there's a reason to pay particular attention to a the last couple of those competitions.

Depending on results this week, as many as four of Newfoundland and Labrador champion Brad Gushue’s former teammates could be part of opposition teams at this year’s Canadian men's championship, to be contested March 4-12 at Mile One Centre in St. John's.
Adam Casey, who played with Gushue in three Briers, will skip Saskatchewan's entry, while  Chris Schille, who competed with Gushue and Newfoundland third Mark Nichols in 2007 and 2008, is third for Jamie Koe’s Territories team.
There are two other ex-members of Gushue teams playing in provincial finals this week:
• Ryan Fry, who was part of Gushue’s team for four years (2009-2012) and is the third for Brad Jacobs team, which will look to defend its Northern Ontario title this week in Thunder Bay
• Mark Ward, who was Gushue’s lead in 2003 and 2004, and who is listed as part of Terry Odishaw’s team taking part in the New Brunswick Tankard, beginning Wednesday in Saint John. N.B.

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