Nedohin shaking off the rust

CON GRIWKOWSKY,QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

This season, Dave Nedohin has played about as many games as Brier titles he won.

About the only hammer he’s been bringing down is for pounding nails in his business, Timber Castle Log Homes.

Friday, 9 p.m. at the Granite Club, Nedohin and his former skip Randy Ferbey take to the ice for their first game together this year as the Edmonton area men’s curling zones get underway.

The duo had many magical moments during their incredible run of five straight Alberta titles, four Brier wins and three world championships.

Nedohin admits he’ll have to count on plenty of muscle memory. There’s a huge difference between riding a bike to the corner store and riding a bike in a triathlon.

“I think I threw once in December and once this week,” said Nedohin.

“I do play in a Thursday-night men’s league (in Sherwood Park), but I think I’ve only been to half those games.”

It’s been a different focus for Nedohin, whose team includes a buddy from the lake.

“It’s been more of a fun thing,” said Nedohin. “We have, probably, a beer before the game and relax a little bit.”

This has been a big transition year for what had been a championship-level team for more than a decade.

Still, the competitive drive never dies.

“I work with Blayne Iskiw,” said Nedohin. “Him and I talked about just throwing a team together. He hasn’t curled in a few years. Dave Harper, same situation, hasn’t curled in a few years.

“We were one player short and Randy didn’t have a team, either. We were kinda discouraged because we weren’t practising, training or playing and Randy’s worked hard all year.

“He was interested to come out and enjoy playing again for a few weekends.”

Ferbey took over as skip for the Brad Gushue rink while the other Ferbey Four members got on with their lives after a four-year stretch when curling was their only life.

“We had one purpose for playin,g and that was to win all the things we did,” said Nedohin. “We couldn’t have played together for that long if we weren’t enjoying each others’ company. The reason we played together for so long is we did have a lot of fun.

“Now, it’s a little different. I don’t think the competitive spirit ever leaves, but we just wanted to get together and enjoy some time on the ice.”

It’ll be a new-look Nedohin, who retired his 17-year-old curling shoes, got a new broom and has experimented with a no-lift delivery.

“I’ve tried all sorts of things,” said Nedohin. “I thought this would be a year to try those things. Like a golfer re-inventing his swing a little bit, just to see if I can improve.”

Ferbey’s up for whatever comes about.

“Absolutely, he will be rusty,” said Ferbey. “It’s tougher than people think and you have to play a lot to be on the top of your game.

“Obviously, if he didn’t want to play, he wouldn’t have put this team together.”

The one big thing that’s changed is the expectations.

“Can we win a zone?” said Ferbey. “Sure. Can We win a provincial spot? Sure.

“I know to win this thing, we’ll need a ton of breaks and maybe for (Kevin) Martin to get in an accident or something. Realistically, it’s going to be hard, but at the same time … been there, done that.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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