Saskatchewan’s rep at the Tim Hortons Brier is ready to get on the ice and try to end a provincial drought at the Canadian men’s curling championship that has now reached 38 years.
The Steve Laycock rink will represent Saskatchewan for the 4th time, but this will be the first time they have been the hometown rink.
Third Kirk Muyres said they are leaning on someone who has experience at being the hometown rink to help them along next week.
“We’re taking Pat Simmons as our fifth, and he was the hometown team in 2006 when the Brier was also in Regina,” Muyres said.
“We’ve kind of been picking his brain a little bit, that sort of thing, I mean in terms of the Brier and the way it’s going to flow out everything is going to be the same, but I think that atmosphere is going to be tenfold what we’ve ever experienced,” Muyres said.
The Laycock rink starts play in Saturday’s first draw against Quebec. That first draw goes at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
The first actual game goes Friday at 7 when Mike McEwen plays Jason Gunnlaugson in the wild-card game with the winner moving on into the 16 team field.