Rookie Carruthers feeling the pressure

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

REGINA — The rookie is feeling the butterflies.

Team Canada second Reid Carruthers is the only member of Jeff Stoughton’s team who has never competed in a world men’s curling championship. Stoughton has gone twice, while third Jon Mead and lead Steve Gould have both played in one.

“Definitely a little nervous,” Carruthers said after Friday’s practice at Brandt Centre. “It was one thing representing Manitoba at the Brier, but the thing is you’ve got all these different provinces there and it’s kind of like you’re a group of Canadians.

“But it’s just totally different because now we’re in Canada, and we have all that pressure of the Maple Leaf on our back. Definitely there’s a lot of pressure, a little bit of nerves.

“But once we get a few games under our belt everyone will go back to being normal and a little more relaxed, and that’s when we’ll really start to play well.”

APRIL FOOL’S! Norwegian curling legend Pal Trulsen tricked a few people on Friday morning.

Trulsen posted a story on Norway’s curling website that his countryman, Thomas Ulsrud, had injured his ankle during a practice and was unlikely to be able to play in the world championship as a result.

The story soon hit Twitter and started making the rounds. Turns out Trulsen was having some fun on April Fool’s Day.

“All the credit to him for that. Good joke,” Ulsrud said with a laugh. “I got a couple SMS messages this morning, waking me up: How’s your ankle?”

Trulsen was perhaps piling on Ulsrud, who is reminded often by his teammates that they captured silver at last year’s worlds without him. Ulsrud had to skip the event because of a family emergency.

Ulsrud added his team will be breaking out some new, colourful pants during the 10-day event.

FAMILIAR FACE: Canada opens the event with games against Switzerland and Denmark on Saturday. While Stoughton has never played Denmark’s Tommy Stjerne, one member of his team has.

“I played against Tommy Stjerne when I was 17,” said lead Steve Gould, who is now 38. “I went over to Sweden with my brother. I turned 17 there, actually, in a bonspiel in Sweden.”


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