THE CANADIAN PRESS
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
A new-look Team Brad Jacobs will have a fellow Olympian in tow at this week's Canada Cup as the rink attempts to put recent distractions aside and continue a strong first half of the season.
Marc Kennedy will fill in for third Ryan Fry, who is taking an indefinite leave after his disqualification from a bonspiel last month in Red Deer, Alta.
Kennedy, who won Olympic gold in 2010 and returned to the Games this year, was available as a replacement since he's taking a break from competitive play this season.
The veteran left-hander will practise with the team Tuesday at Affinity Place ahead of a twogame opening day Wednesday.
"It's the first time Brad will see the rock come out from the other hack," Team Jacobs coach Adam Kingsbury said. "But I think that can just be a positive thing. Just that mindful focus on making sure that the broom is in the right spot and making sure that the communication is crystal clear. But outside of that, I think the team is pretty lucky to have someone of Marc's calibre be willing to step in at a time like this."
Jacobs, who skipped his team to an Olympic title in 2014, is coming off a win at last month's Grand Slam stop in Thunder Bay and is currently ranked seventh in the world.
Fry recently announced he would be taking a break from the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based team to focus on his "growth and self-improvement." His decision came after his team was ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic for what organizers called unsportsmanlike behaviour resulting from excessive drinking.
Fry, who was playing as a substitute at the World Curling Tour event, was kicked out along with teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille and DJ Kidby. All four players issued statements to apologize for their actions.