Brad Gushue wins record fifth Brier as a skip

Brad Gushue (with permission)

Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Newfoundland won his record fifth Tim Hortons Brier as a skip on Sunday. In the final of the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, Gushue’s Team Canada squad defeated Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone 7-5 in the final at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. He will now represent Canada at the 2023 World Men’s Curling Championship in Ottawa, Ontario’s Toronto Dominion Place from April 1-9.

Gushue’s previous Brier titles came in 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 2020 in Kingston, Ontario, and in 2022 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Gushue represented his home province of Newfoundland in 2017 and 2020, Team Canada in 2018 and the first wildcard team in 2022.

Gushue has had some great Olympic success over the last two decades too. He won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin and the bronze medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

This past week in London, Gushue only lost one game. That was a 6-4 loss to Ontario’s Mike McEwen in the draw three of the round robin. After losing to McEwen, he won nine consecutive matches. One thing to keep an eye on in the curling news in the next few weeks is the possibility that Gushue might have a lower body injury. There was talk he is having some sort of minor ailment.

 

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