For a weekend, curling fans got to see the Kevin Martin of old, not just the old Kevin Martin.
“Thanks everybody. It’s been a blast.”
With those words, Martin went out on top as a competitive curler.
The last shot of Martin’s playing career was an out-turn draw to the button against three Brad Jacobs rocks in the final of the 2014 Players Championship at Summerside, P.E.I.
Martin cut Jacobs down to a steal of one for a 4-3 win to claim the 19th Grand Slam title of his career and eighth Players Championship title.
Glenn Howard is second all-time with 16 Grand Slam wins.
It was a vintage Martin performance by the 12-time Alberta champion, who shot an astounding 98% in his last outing.
Along with event bonuses, Martin’s rink earned $73,500 for their last weekend together, more than doubling their World Curling Tour season earnings of $66,000.