Adam Casey has enjoyed a rather nomadic Tim Hortons Brier experience since making his debut at the national men’s curling championship five years ago.
Saskatchewan skip Adam Casey watches a rock at the Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s on Sunday.
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He made three appearances with Brad Gushue’s team from Newfoundland and Labrador before skipping his own rink out of Prince Edward Island the past two years. Now Casey is back at the Brier with Saskatchewan, becoming just the fifth player to win purple hearts with three different provinces or territories.
“I think ideally you’d stay with the same group of guys and you’d get to know every little intricacy about them,” Casey said Sunday. “But I think that’s not always a reality. You always have that search for the right fit.
Casey and Brier rookies Catlin Schneider, Shaun Meachem and Dustin Kidby are off to a good start at this year’s competition with two wins in their first three games.
They dropped a 6-5 decision to Manitoba’s Mike McEwen in their opener before rebounding Sunday with an 11-5 win over Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher and an 8-3 victory over Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories.
Casey, a 27-year-old industrial process specialist, won a Canadian junior title in 2009 on a PEI team skipped by Brett Gallant, now a second with Gushue.
Casey played with a different rink while he studied in Halifax but they didn’t get out of Nova Scotia playdowns. He joined Gushue in 2011 and made his first Brier appearance the following year in Saskatoon.
He left the St. John’s-based team in 2014 and was replaced by the returning Mark Nichols. Casey’s P.E.I. team then went its separate ways last spring.
Settled and happy in Charlottetown but still wanting to play on an elite team, Casey reached out to a few players at the time but there were no vacancies. He soon heard from a Saskatchewan team looking for an experienced player.
“Shaun and Catlin gave me a call and I honestly didn’t know who they were,” Casey said. “I’m not lying when I said ‘Who the hell is Shaun Meachem’ when I got off the phone. But he sounded like he was talking a good game.
“So I Googled him and they had a way better season than we did last year so they can’t be half bad.”
Casey also liked that they had similar ambitions. A couple of follow-up phone calls sealed the deal.
“They really wanted to make a push to get to this event and get to the [Olympic] pre-trials and those are my big goals for the season,” he said. “So it was easy after that point.”