Islanders are well represented at this year’s Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s, including two curlers playing for other provinces.
In this photo are Team P.E.I. members Eddie MacKenzie (right), Matthew Nabuurs (left) and Robbie Doherty. (Emily Gray/Curl P.E.I.)
“It’s a bit of a unique situation [and] a great thing for P.E.I.,” said Andrew Robinson, president of Curl P.E.I.
Representing P.E.I. is skip Eddie MacKenzie, Sean Ledgerwood, Matthew Nabuurs and Robbie Doherty from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Two more Islanders are playing for other teams — Adam Casey is skipping Saskatchewan’s team and Brett Gallant is playing for team Newfoundland and Labrador.
Robinson explained that in recent years the rules regarding residency have been modified to allow one non-resident to play for a provincial or territorial team. That is the case with Casey, who is still a resident of P.E.I., said Robinson. Gallant’s case is different in that he was born on P.E.I. but now lives in Newfoundland.
P.E.I.’s team began curling Thursday in pre-qualifying round-round play against Nunavut. After that, P.E.I. plays Nova Scotia and the Yukon on Friday. P.E.I. must win the pre-qualifying final to make it to the Brier, which begins Saturday.