After nine trips to the Brier in a twenty-year competitive curling career, last year’s edition of the Canadian men’s curling championship may have been the sweetest of them all for Jeff Stoughton.
When the last rocks came to a rest at the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier in London, the Winnipeg skip came away with a victory over Ontario’s Glenn Howard and a third Tankard title.
Stoughton finished the round robin in a three-way tie with Brad Gushue of Newfoundland Labrador and Alberta’s Kevin Martin, all sharing 9-2 records. An extra-end victory over Gushue in the 1-2 page playoff earned the Manitobans the bye to the final.
The team moved on to claim the gold medal at the 2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina with a win over Tom Brewster of Scotland.
A new season is getting ready to roll and Stoughton is back with last year’s lineup – Jon Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould – to compete for the right to represent Manitoba again in the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier March 3 – 11 in Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre.
A ticket out of their home province is no guarantee since the field is likely to include the talented Mike McEwen team that finished second in 2010/2011 Canadian Team Ranking System points… and came one win shy of taking Stoughton’s place at the Brier.
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