Alberta's Kevin Koe rink lying in wait

Alberta skip Kevin Koe and his rink hasn't played a game in awhile. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

Alberta skip Kevin Koe and his rink hasn't played a game in awhile. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

CALGARY - It doesn’t take Kevin Koe long to describe his life since the Olympic curling trials.

In fact, he only needs one word.

“Quiet,” Koe said. “It’s been very quiet — I guess that’s about the only way you could put it. I haven’t seen the guys or played a game since the trials.”

It’s been almost two months since Koe and his team — which includes third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen — crashed out of the 2014 Roar of the Rings with a hugely disappointing 2-5 record.

The team packed in a busy early-season schedule in anticipation of taking a run at Canada’s Olympic berth but dropped its first five games in Winnipeg and was, for all intents and purposes, out of contention by the end of the second men’s draw.

After focusing so much of its energy on trying to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, the team just hasn’t been able to work up the energy to get back on the ice.


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