Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/16/2014 8:14 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 04/16/2014 8:25 AM | Updates
Jeff Stoughton has a new team.
Sources told the Free Press Wednesday morning that Stoughton -- an 11-time Manitoba men’s champion -- has assembled a new foursome for next winter that would see Brandon’s Rob Fowler join him at third, with Alex Forrest at second and Connor Njegovan at lead.
Forrest and Njegovan curled most recently with Willie Lyburn, where Forrest was the third and Njegovan the second. Forrest and Njegovan informed Lyburn this week that they were leaving.
Fowler is an old teammate of Stoughton’s -- the pair won Manitoba men’s titles together in 2007, 2009 and 2010, with Fowler curling second for Stoughton. Fowler also skipped a Manitoba men’s champion in 2012.
Stoughton is curling today at the Players’ Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island with his existing team of third Jon Mead, second Reid Carruthers and lead Mark Nichols and could not be immediately reached for comment.
The current Stoughton foursome announced last month that they were breaking up at the end of this curling season. Mead has since announced that he will curl second next winter for Ontario’s Glenn Howard, while Carruthers has announced he will skip a brand new Manitoba men’s powerhouse with Braeden Moskowy at third, Colin Hodgson at second and Derek Samagalski at lead.
Nichols is moving home to Newfoundland and has yet to announce his curling plans for next season.
Sources indicated that some final details are still being ironed out and Stoughton has plans to formally announce the new foursome next week.
Meanwhile, Winnipeg's Mike McEwen wrote on a blog for the World Curling Tour this week that his team of third BJ Neufeld, second Matt Wozniak and lead Denni Neufeld will remain together next season.
"There’s been a fair bit of speculation on whether or not we would survive the musical-chair movement," McEwen wrote, referencing all the personnel changes in men's curling in the past month.
"I can confirm we did, but not without some heavy reflection. We’ll be ready and rejuvenated to continue the battle into next season."
Updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM CDT: Updates with Mike McEwen team remaining together
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
More help promised for Manitoba child welfare in light of Phoenix Sinclair inquiry
Ambulance delays cost WRHA $1.4 million
Oswald makes campaign pledge to boost workplace health and safety enforcement
Big banks cut prime rate to 2.85 per cent
Brother charged for alleged assault on boyfriend
Watchdogs want Conservative bill quashed
Firm fined $4,800 for massive fire
Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic
Mom who used iron to scald boy loses appeal
Super Bowl, Tiger make Phoenix centre of sports universe
Dog killed during break-in
Mayor Bowman to launch a website to solicit ideas on beating racism
Grain shippers face railway backlog: report
Electronic music duo Purity Ring to play Garrick in June
Three men's teams clinch playoff spots
Tim Hortons lays off staff at headquarters
Experts: Gold nuggets stolen from museum may be tough sell
Mexico: Investigation shows that all 43 students are dead
Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia
Snubs, surprises of this year's Juno nominations
Jets hoping to extend their season-best winning streak against depleted Pens
Goaltender Martin Brodeur to retire
Cinematheque program explores how novels translate into films
Balanced books possible amid oil slump: PBO
Facebook blames glitch for global outage
Teen acquitted in fatal assault
RCMP arrest Portage la Prairie man in sexual assault case dating back to 2013
Marriott buying Delta Hotel & Resorts brand
Manitobans earn 12 Juno nominations
Big-box chain Lowe's could replace Targets here
Paramedics scare off suspect of attempted abduction
Mom heading to Australia with son aquitted of abduction
Documentary chronicles "Clara's Big Ride"
Passenger traffic increases in airport's fourth quarter
Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low
Blizzard howls its way into Boston but largely spares NYC
Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages
On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets
Long-term care probe makes progress: ombudsman
True North deal has to wait