Only 72 hours after claiming the Men’s World Curling title down the road in Edmonton, Brad Gushue’s rink, which includes Grande Prairie’s Tom Sallows and Beaverlodge’s Geoff Walker, is set to compete in the Players’ Championship in Toronto.
“Outside the Brier and the World’s, it’s the biggest curling event of the year,” said Walker. “We’re going to try to keep our momentum going. It might be a little bit of a tough one, coming off the high we were just on. We’re going to try and do our best to finish out the year.”
Following the Players’ Championship, the Gushue team will play in the Champions Cup, which is their final event of the season.
When asked, Walker says winning the World title with Sallows was a dream come true.
“We’re obviously best buddies. We played together in juniors and a little bit in men’s before I made the move out to St. John’s. To be able to bring him on as the fifth man, it was really special. He did a phenomenal job in his role, just basically doing whatever it was we needed him to do. He was a big part of our team.”
Gushue’s rink opens the Players’ Championship tonight against Brendan Bottcher’s team from Edmonton. Gushue is the defending champ at the event as well.
Casey Scheidegger’s rink will also be at the event. Her team includes Peace Region products Cary-Anne McTaggart and Kristi Moore.