Regina’s Braeden Moskowy is hoping the third time is a charm.
Moskowy, the third on the Winnipeg rink skipped by Reid Carruthers, has been to the Tim Hortons Brier twice before so he is no stranger to being a competitor at the Canadian men’s curling championship which starts Friday at the Brandt Centre, but this one holds a little more significance because it is a hometown Brier.
“It’s one of those things that most guys who play the game don’t get a chance to have the Brier in their hometown.” Moskowy said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I can’t wait for it. It’s going to be awesome!”
Moskowy, who says he got into the sport after watching his father curl at the Brier many years ago, has accomplished many things in the sport including a Canadian junior championship, but he says a Brier championship in Regina would be the crowning achievement of his career.
“There’s not a ton of guys who can say that, especially guys out of Saskatchewan.” Moskowy said. “Winning a Brier would be an unreal feeling, but to win one here would be ideal.”
Moskowy knows there will be many rooting for him this week and he also knows many will be cheering for Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock. He jokes that it may be perfect for those two rinks to be playing Sunday morning as supporters of both teams may be too tired for the 9 AM draw after spending a Saturday night in the Brier Patch.
The first draw of the Brier goes Saturday afternoon, but on Friday night Mike McEwen will play Jason Gunnlaugson in a battle of Winnipeg rinks to determine what rink gets the wild-card entry and 16th spot in the field.