James Grattan has become the face of New Brunswick curling at the Canadian men’s championship, making his debut appearance in 1997 when he took the bronze medal from Calgary back home to Moncton.
It was another five years before he returned to the national championship, contested again in Calgary, moving from skip to play third for the Russ Howard team that that won bronze in 2002.
At the 2014 provincial playdowns, Grattan earned the right to wear New Brunswick colours for an 11th time, with an 8-7 victory over Marc Lecocq in the championship final, Feb. 9, at Curl Moncton Beausejour. Grattan and Lecocq were teammates on the 2002 Howard team.
This time around, when the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek, gets underway March 1 at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, Grattan will lead three of the upcoming stars on the province’s curling scene into the national competition.
Brothers Jason and Darren Roach were members of the New Brunswick foursome that won the 2004 Canadian junior men’s curling championship. Lead Josh Barry threw skip stones for Team New Brunswick at the past four juniors.
“You Gotta Be There” when Canada’s best compete for the Tim Hortons Brier Tankard, March 1-9 in Kamloops. Reserve your seats in the Interior Savings Centre now by clicking here.