Curling on the rocks

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Brad Gushue loves it when his teammates show up on time, practise hard and keep their heads in the game.

So it's kind of surprising to hear that the 2006 Olympic gold medallist has no problem with his new second, Winnipeg's Ryan Fry, working as a bartender on George Street in St. John's.

"He's been having a lot of fun down there," Gushue said yesterday. "I don't go to George Street at all, but he's had some good times and I get some good stories when we get on the road."

Fry admitted that his new part-time gig has been "a blast. It gets tiring, but other than that it's pretty good. I've gone through a few Red Bulls."

All is well on the ice, too, as Gushue was fourth on the World Curling Tour money list going into the BDO Classic Canadian Open, which kicked off last night at the MTS Centre.

"He's a pretty easygoing personality," Gushue said. "He's a good team player. He's a positive guy and he's intense, so you know he's into the game each and every time you play."

Fry left Jeff Stoughton's team last spring, sending an e-mail to Gushue only two days after the Brier at the MTS Centre came to an end. With former second Chris Schille moving back to his native Alberta, a spot was open. Gushue also brought back his former lead, Jamie Korab, and the team is thriving.

"The chemistry's great," Fry said. "We're all relatively the same age, and we all have the same goals. The three of them have become three of my closest buddies. The teams that seem to win seem to be that way."

Gushue is famous for switching personnel like he changes his socks, but he's talking like his newest foursome could be together or years to come.

"We're having too much fun, and we've had a reasonably successful year so far," Gushue said. "Obviously any time you put a new team together there's going to be some ups and downs, and we've had those, but I see definitely through next year, the Olympics, and depending on our personal lives and work situations, I could also see it going on to 2014.

"But it's a little premature to look that far ahead."

Action at the BDO Classic continues with round-robin action all day today.


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