PEI’s Robbie Doherty filling in as alternate with Balsdon rink at pre-trials (Journal Pioneer)

Happy to be positive influence off the ice

(by Eric McCarthy)

SUMMERSIDE – He’s thrown some practice rocks with the team and been at ice level for strategic timeouts.
But that’s as close to the action Prince Edward Islander Robbie Doherty was expecting to get at the Canadian men’s Olympic curling pre-trials in Summerside this week.


Robbie Doherty is team alternate with Greg Balsdon rink this week in Summerside. – Eric McCarthy

Doherty is listed as the team alternate for the Greg Balsdon rink from the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont.
“I think this is as far down the line (as I am getting),” Doherty said in a post-game interview after the Kingston crew held on for a 6-5 win over Winnipeg’s William Lyburn in Wednesday’s noon draw. “They’ve worked for three years before this to get to where they are.
“I think they are going to stick to the rotation for as long as they can. This isn’t an exhibition game.”

Perfectly fine with role

And Doherty is perfectly fine with that.

“I can usually be a pretty positive influence on a team off the ice, probably more so than on the ice,” said Doherty, who was a crowd favorite while representing P.E.I. at the Tim Hortons Brier the last two winters.

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