Can King Ferbey resist the Worlds?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The 2007 World Curling Championships in Edmonton? "Think we can keep Ferbey going till then?'' said Dave Nedohin.

"That might do it. I've always said if we keep winning, it'll keep Ferbey going,'' he added of the 45-year-old, who was named Alberta's Curler of the Century last night at the Brier banquet.

"That's awesome,'' said Nedohin of the almost certainty that the event will be held here as revealed in a Sun exclusive yesterday.

"I'm certainly excited about it. Our rink thinks the ultimate is to wear the Maple Leaf on our backs,'' he added.

COMMITTED

Ferbey is committed through to the end of next season playing with the rink, which will attempt to win the Olympic Trials in December in Halifax.

"I'd have to get in shape for that,'' said Ferbey of making it to 2007. "I think it's wonderful. I don't think the world championships have ever been properly promoted.

"I think Edmonton will do a great job.''

Ferbey isn't sure it would be able to match this Brier, which will come close to selling a record of 300,000 tickets.

"There is so much history to the Brier and so many fans come from the other provinces that you probably wouldn't get for the world championships.

"But why not?''

Indeed, says Marcel Rocque.

"I think it'll be another great chance for Edmonton to show we're a top-notch city for holding major sports events.''

THIS IS THE PLACE

The concept is to take the world championships to a new level, and Rocque said this is the place.

"Edmonton can handle it,'' he said.

But the big thing the news offers to the rink is to keep the rink - which was also voted Alberta's Curling Team of the Century last night - together.

"It might help us decide we would keep going for it,'' said Scott Pfeifer. "It might keep all of us in business.

"It might be the carrot we need.''


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