Martin shut out of Brier All-Stars

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. – The All-Star selections told the story for the undefeated back-to-back Brier winners and undefeated Olympic gold medal winners.

Lead Ben Hebert and second Marc Kennedy made the Tim Hortons Brier first all-star team.

Skip Kevin Martin and third John Morris didn't make either the first or the second squad chosen by the Canadian Curling Reporters.

“That basically tells the story,” said Jules Owchar, Martin's coach of 26 years.

“That's basically what happened. The guys on the front end played well and the guys on the back end didn't. Kevin and John played well enough here and there but they never had a good game together. I kept waiting. But it never happened.”

Martin didn't disagree.

“John and I didn't play well. Ben and Marc played very well. They had good numbers and we don't play a simple game. It's tough for our guys to have those kind of numbers. They had high percentages and they deserved it.”

Both Kennedy and Hebert were in the 90% ranged and topped their position statistically.

Hebert said Martin and Morris were honest about their weeks.

“They admitted to that,” he said.

“It's such a big shock the way they played. Everyone has seen them be the best two players in the world.

“Kevin has had bad weeks before. He just had one at the Brier this time, that's all.”

It was Hebert's third first all-star selection and Kennedy's fourth, making him an all-star in every edition of the Brier in which he's competed.

Coach Jules Owchar accepted the award for Kennedy who flew home to Edmonton for the birth of his second daughter. Wife Nicole's due date was Sunday.

Glenn Howard of Ontario was chosen top skip of the 82nd edition of the Canadian classic while Manitoba's Jon Mead, rated by many to have been the best player in the round robin, was chosen as third.

The second team featured Jeff Stoughton of Manitoba at skip, Richard Hart of Ontario at third, Brent Laing of Ontario at second and Craig Savill of Ontario third.

It's interesting in that they finished first overall in the round robin that Brad Gushue's Newfoundland team didn't rate a single star.

B.C. skip won the Ross Hartstone Award for sportsmanship.

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