Rumoured changes to Kevin Koe rink could cause CCA nightmare

The Kevin Koe rink celebrates its victory at the Brier earlier this month in Kamloops, B.C....

The Kevin Koe rink celebrates its victory at the Brier earlier this month in Kamloops, B.C. (Reuters)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

EDMONTON - For now, Warren Hansen can only assume Kevin Koe is planning to play by the rules.

Koe and his team are leaving this weekend for Beijing, China, where they’ll be representing Canada at the men’s curling championship, starting March 29.

Hansen, the Canadian Curling Association's director of competitions, has a potential administrative nightmare on his hands.

Koe is scheduled to become the first Team Canada at the 2015 Brier in Calgary.

And, it’s now all but certain Glenn Howard’s front-ender Brent Laing will step in to replace Carter Rycroft, who’s decided to take a year away from the game.

If that’s the only change, there’s no problem.

“You have to have three players to continue with the team,” said Hansen about the way the CCA-controlled event sees things.

Here’s where it gets goofy. The rumours are starting to fly.

With Kevin Martinís future uncertain, the curling blogs have been going wild with rumours that Martinís front enders, Ben Hebert and Marc Kennedy, are about to join Koe.


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