timberland atrus boot History may have already been made by Karsten Sturmay at Alberta provincials
SPRUCE GROVE Karsten Sturmay has no way of knowing for sure. There no record book to look it up.
believe I the youngest skip in the history of the provincial curling championship and I pretty much positive I the only male skip in Alberta history with three Alberta U 21 or junior titles to his name, he said.
His teammates have been in a holding pattern waiting for him to arrive. Brett Winfield, Jason Ginter and Tristan Steinke competed in last year BP Cup in Westlock with skip Thomas Scoffin, finishing with a 3 3 record.
Scoffin came to Edmonton from Whitehorse to grow his game (he won the Canadian Junior out of here in 2013) and attend the U of A. Scoffin has now returned to the Yukon and will skip the Yukon in the Brier.
turned 21 on Nov. 7, said Stumay. technically is no minimum age to play men in Alberta, but you rarely see players who still have junior eligibility that compete in the men playdowns. team curled enough together on the Alberta Tour to pick off one of the two points berths into provincials. That the other teams seeded Sturmay fifth in the 12 team field, illustrates the level of respect the foursome has already earned.
Skip Karsten Sturmay (centre) speaks with his team during a practice for the 2018 Boston Pizza Cup at Grant Fuhr Agrena in Spruce Grove, Alberta on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia
The skip introduces his team:
is 22. He played third for me in 2015 and 2016 when we won our first two U 21 provincial titles together. We also won silver at the 2017 U Sports national championships together as part of the U of A team.
is 24. We won silver at the 2016 U Sports national championships with the U of A.
is 23. He played second for me in 2015 when we won our first U 21 together. Hardy makes the point about this field overall. The youth is moving in to take over.
is an introduction for the future for sure. Five of the teams have players that aged out of juniors in the past three years, said the Calgary skip who went 3 3 coming out of junior last year.
Regardless of whom he has had in his lineup, Sturmay has done a lot of winning.
He won his first Alberta Junior in January of 2015, shortly after he turned 18 and wet on to go 7 3 at the Canadian Juniors and lose a tie breaker to get into the playoffs. He was named first all star team skip.
In January 2016 he won his second Alberta Junior and went 6 4 at the Canadian Junior.
A month ago he won his third Alberta Junior and finished 7 3 and lost a tiebreaker in an extra end to the eventual champions. He was selected to the second all star team as skip.
Sturmay has designs on winning a U Sports title this spring. And he has much loftier goals down the road. But first things first for the kid who grew up in Leduc and caught the curling bug early.
dad introduced me to curling at the age of six. He used to be a competitive curler himself. I played a bunch of other sports growing up, but I chose curling and haven regretted that decision whatsoever.
the time when I was starting to curl competitively, Kevin Martin was in his golden years (2008 2010). Seeing the level of success his team was experiencing definitely inspired me to get serious.
also remember when the Boston Pizza Cup was held in my hometown of Leduc in 2013. I remember thinking how cool it would be to get the chance to be the one playing instead of watching. So I really looking forward to getting that chance here in a couple days. his fourth year at the U of A in a Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Chemistry degree, he also intent on winning his masters degree in curling.
that this is my first Boston Pizza Cup, my goals and expectations are two fold I suppose. I do want my team and I to do well, and I believe that if we play to the level I know we capable of we can be competitive.
also want to be able to walk away from the event having said that I enjoyed my first time at the BP Cup regardless of the results. I don think the two are at odds with one another, and that oftentimes if you make a point of enjoying yourself and genuinely having a good time with your teammates on the ice, that you perform that much better because it takes the pressure off.
win a Brier is definitely a dream of mine, and to be able to represent Alberta at the national stage or Canada at the international stage would be a dream come true. I believe this team has a very bright future, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside my other teammates as we strive to make our dreams reality. kid seems to have his stuff together.
Usselman best story, longest shotThomas Usselman cried.
was in the locker room after we won Northerns, said the skip of the team that might be the longest shot in the Boston Pizza Cup to determine Alberta representative in the Tim Horton Brier.
actually cried in that locker room. It was an amazing feeling when we came together as a team and won. a doubt, Usselman will be the best story in the locker room here this week, with or without the Kleenex.
had back surgery in 2013. I seriously thought I never curl again, said the 34 year old who competed in the Canadian Juniors for Alberta in 2000 with Darren Moulding and in 2004 with Chris Schille and envisioned a plethora of provincials and maybe even Briers ahead.
had a herniated disk in my lower back and I had to quit curling, golf and my two jobs, said the father of three of working in a sub sandwich shop and laying tile for a living. spent a year and a half with lots of physio and depression. I went in for surgery in May of 2013 for a microdisectomy and the put a spacer in. Two days later the spacer failed and I couldn feel my left leg. I was in excruciating pain for five days before going back under the knife again.