SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Reid Carruthers will delay pursuing his teaching career to join eight-time Manitoba champion Jeff Stoughton next season.
“I’m very excited,” Carruthers said Saturday. “I feel that I will learn a lot from him. I am looking forward to next season but I will miss being on the ice with my old teammates.”
Carruthers had skipped a squad of third Chris Galbraith, second Derek Samagalski and lead Shane Kilgallen to victory in the Manitoba Curling Tour Championship and was one of the top seeds in last year’s Safeway Championship, which Stoughton won.
“I hope they land on another good team,” said Carruthers, who will play either second or third for Stoughton, depending on who else he is able to recruit.
Carruthers, however, will not be able to play for Stoughton at next month’s Players’ Championship because he will undergo knee surgery at the end of April.
Stoughton had already parted ways with third Kevin Park and second Rob Fowler last week. Lead Steve Gould is still trying to decide whether to return. Whispers are that his former third Jon Mead is one of a few players Stoughton has approached.
Carruthers had parted ways with Jason Gunnlaugson a few years ago so he could concentrate on his teaching career and he did have a one-year contract to teach last year. However, he will likely just be a substitute teacher next year.
Stoughton was hoping to have his whole roster in place before the Players’ Championship.