LONDON, Ont. – Marc Kennedy will not stay for the dreaded bronze medal game.
“Lemme see. Closing banquet. Bronze medal game,” he said, indicating one hand.
“Baby,” he said, indicating the other.
Kennedy's wife Nicole has a due date of Brier Sunday for their second child.
“If I can, I'll go home,” he said of making airline connections out of here either Saturday night or first thing Sunday morning.
Skip Kevin Martin came off the ice after the 5-4 loss to Glenn Howard in the Brier 3-4 game and said “I'm going to tell him to go.”
Technically Kennedy needed permission from the Canadian Curling Association to not attend the Sunday morning brunch, where he may be named the all-star second in the event, as well as play in the first ever Brier bronze medal game.
Warren Hansen said the CCA voted to give him permission to leave Saturday morning in the event Alberta lost the game.
Alberta will use fifth man Dustin Eckstrand in the dreaded bronze medal game.
“We'll show up,” said Martin of the game which was added to the schedule this year – a game he Friday said “makes no sense at all” calling it “absolutely meaningless.”
After the loss he added “I hope it never happens again other than at the Olympics.
“Please make it stop,” he pleaded.
There was some suggestion that the Martin team was thinking of reversing their line-up and having Ben Hebert skip the game. But he said that wouldn't likely happen.
“We'll try to act professional and go through the motions for the CCA,” said Hebert of the Canadian Curling Association.