January 30, 2013
Alberta men's championship has strong field
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

Jamie King's rink features a couple of former world champions in the lineup. (QMI Agency)

EDMONTON - It’s hardly hold-the-presses news that Kevin Koe and Kevin Martin nabbed the top two seeds for next week’s Alberta men’s curling championship.

The compelling storylines this go-round are with No. 3 seed Jamie King and No. 4 seed Brendan Bottcher. Both Edmonton-area teams punched their tickets to Leduc through Alberta Tour byes.

Bottcher was busy winning the world junior and CIS titles in 2012 and should be a team to watch in his rookie appearance at the men’s level.

King’s crew has a couple of former world champions in its lineup — Blake MacDonald throwing skip rocks and Scott Pfeifer at third. Both back enders are in the mix after taking a sabbatical from the game for a couple of years.

In an unprecedented configuration, at least in Alberta men’s curling, King will call the game while throwing lead rocks.



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