- Jim Morris at Eh Game1 yr ago
VICTORIA _ A chat over some beers resulted in Brad Jacobs adding the final piece to his curling team.
The 2012 Tim Hortons Brier in Saskatoon was a disaster for Jacobs' Northern Ontario crew and Brad Gushue's team from Newfoundland and Labrador. Both rinks struggled to 5-6 records and missed the playoffs.
Near the end of the week Ryan Fry, then a third on Gushue's rink, was licking his wounds with Jacobs' rink over a few refreshments.
"It was a horrible year for both of us," Fry said during this week's Ford World Men's Curling Championship. "We were just talking that, if it ever happened, I wouldn't mind curling with you guys.
"It just so happened me and Brad Gushue decided to part ways. I gave Brad (Jacobs) a call. It didn't take very long. The only thing that took a little bit of time was getting out of my job and selling my house in Newfoundland."
In their first full season together Fry has played an important role in Jacobs' rink winning the Brier and going unbeaten in their first five games at the world championships. Canada's first loss came Tuesday morning, a 6-4 decision at the hands of the Czech Republic.