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Personnel moves rampant in curling

As the inturn turns… Well, it might not be as intriguing and dramatic as the television soap opera As The World Turns, but the Canadian curling scene continues to draw gasps of surprise from the thousands of diehard fans across the country.

Bruce Penton

May 14, 2024

The latest: Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton, who skipped his team to the Brier title in 2021, appears to have been fired by the other three members of his team – Marc Kennedy, Brett Gallant and Ben Hebert – and been replaced at skip by Brad Jacobs, who has become Canada's most prominent member of the 'Have Broom, Will Travel' club. Jacobs, from Sault Ste. Marie, has a spectacular curling resume, having won one Brier (2013) and an Olympic gold medal (2014). He was a perennial participant in the Brier out of Northern Ontario but his rink split up when he took a sabbatical after the 2022 Brier. Last year, he hooked up with Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg and by the latter stages of the season, was skipping the team. After his sabbatical – reportedly so he could devote more time to family and business interests – Jacobs is now back in the full grind of competitive curling.

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