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