There’s no place like home for Stoughton
- Updated: April 3, 2013
In more than two decades of competition at the highest level of the game, Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton has experienced some of the greatest moments in championship curling.
But, one of the most meaningful wins of all may be the victory over Glenn Howard in the final of the 2012 Capital One Canada Cup that secured a berth in the upcoming Canadian Curling Trials.
The 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, presented by Monsanto, will be held in Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, Dec.1-8. Two teams, representing the very best of our country’s men’s and women’s competitors, will leave the building with tickets to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
“It will be the thrill of a lifetime to play in front of a packed house in our home town with 14,000 people cheering on the local teams,” said Stoughton, the day after clinching his spot at the Canada Cup. “We’ve never had that opportunity before.”
Playing out of the Charleswood Curling Club, Stoughton is a 10-time representative for Manitoba at the Brier, winning the Tankard three times – along with a pair of world curling titles.
Stoughton has also been right in the mix at the end of the week for the last two editions of the Canadian Curling Trials. In 2005, it came down to a measurement in the 10th end of the final for Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador to seal the victory. At the 2009 Trials in Edmonton, Stoughton’s team lost the semifinal match to Ontario’s Howard.
The Winnipeg foursome, including Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Mark Nichols – who was part of Gushue’s 2005 squad – is hoping the hometown crowd will provide the extra edge to take the team to the top of the podium in 2013.
“You Gotta Be There” when Winnipeg welcomes the top 16 teams in the country to compete for the right to represent Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games. Reserve your seats in the MTS Centre now by clicking here.