The process of determining the four western teams that will compete in the Canadian men’s curling championship – the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, March 1-9 in Kamloops – begins Jan. 29 in Shaunavon, Sask.
Brock Virtue will be back to defend his Saskatchewan title, along with several others that have worn Saskatchewan colours in past years: including Joel Jordison, Bruce Korte, Scott Manners, Steve Laycock and Scott Bitz.
The Alberta provincial playdowns will take place Feb. 5-9 in Lacombe with the field headed up by Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe, two of the heavyweights on Canada’s competitive curling circuit. The Olympic gold-medallist in 2010, Martin will be looking for a 13th trip to the national championship where he has won the Tankard four times. Koe is a two-time representative for Alberta at the Tim Hortons Brier, claiming both the Tankard and world gold medal in 2010.
The home-province team will be crowned at the British Columbia playdowns, Feb. 5-9 in Vancouver. The 2013 B.C. champs, skipped by Andrew Bileski, will face a stiff challenge from John Morris who has Kamloops native Jim Cotter throwing fourth stones. The Morris team came within one win of a trip to Sochi, bowing out to Brad Jacobs in the final of the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials.
The Yukon/Northwest Territories will be on the ice Feb. 6-9 in Whitehorse where veteran Jamie Koe will be bidding for an eighth appearance at the Tim Hortons Brier. Koe has represented the Territories for the past five consecutive years.
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