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Stoughton Focused on First Capital One Canada Cup Title

In a curling career that is unquestionably the envy of the majority of serious competitors in the game there are at least two championships Jeff Stoughton would still love to add to his resume.

The Manitoba skip can go a long way towards resolving both issues at the 2012 Capital One Canada Cup, November 28-December 2 in Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place.

Mark Nichols joins the Stoughton team this season (Photo CCA/Michael Burns)

A veteran of nine Canadian Men’s Curling Championships, Stoughton has taken the Brier Tankard home three times and picked up a pair of gold medals at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship.

But, in spite of a lengthy list of achievements, he has yet to win a Canada Cup or represent our country at the Olympic Games.  A victory at this year’s Capital One Canada Cup would immediately take care of the first order of business as well as securing a berth in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – the Canadian Curling Trials – and keeping alive the hopes of realizing the Olympic dream.

A six-place finish in the Canadian Team Ranking System standings for the past season earned Stoughton a place in the elite Capital One Canada Cup field.

Ironically, he will be joined this year by new lead Mark Nichols who was part of the Brad Gushue team that defeated him in the dramatic final of the 2005 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.  The Newfoundland/Labrador squad went on to win Canada’s first-ever gold medal in men’s curling at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Stoughton is hoping Nichols still has the golden touch when he steps on the ice in Mosaic Place with third Jon Mead and second Reid Carruthers for the debut of the 2012-2013 Season of Champions.

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Jeff Stoughton (Photo CCA/Michael Burns)