After a seven-year run as one of the top foursomes in men’s curling, Team Brad Jacobs will have a different look next season.
Ryan Fry, who took a six-week leave of absence after his disqualification from a Red Deer bonspiel in November, will be leaving the team at the end of this season.
“After seven amazing years together, which resulted in a Brier win, an Olympic gold medal, multiple Grand Slam titles and being one of the best teams in our sport for many years, we feel as though it is time to try something different — a fresh start,” the team said Friday in a statement.
Jacobs, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden will continue to play together next season and the search is underway for Fry’s replacement. The team said the change was a mutual decision that came “after some reflection and multiple conversations.”
The Northern Ontario team reached the semifinal at the Tim Hortons Brier last week but dropped a 5-4 decision to Team Wild Card’s Brendan Bottcher.
“What an amazing ride the last seven years have been,” Fry said in the statement. “Over that time, Brad, E.J. and Ryan have become some of my closest friends and I wish them all the best moving forward.”
Fry said he was excited to pursue new opportunities and added that while “change is sometimes necessary for personal growth and perspective,” he’ll always be thankful for the time spent with the team.
“We have two events left to play and then they will be joining me at my wedding this May.”
Fry played for Team Brad Gushue for four years before joining the Jacobs rink in 2012. They won the Brier a year later and took silver at the 2013 world championship before winning gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“What an incredible seven years it’s been skipping this team — we’ve been through it all and I couldn’t have imagined doing it with anyone else,” Jacobs said. “Although I am grateful for the amazing memories we’ve made, I’m more grateful for the friendships we formed, and I will cherish that the most.”
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