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Distractions surround Koe team heading into World Championship

Kevin Koe
Kevin Koe
Verne Equinox, Wikimedia Commons

According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, Canadian men's curling champion Kevin Koe of Calgary is not commenting on the rumoured changes to his curling team following the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship in Beijing that starts on Saturday.

Kevin Martin of Edmonton, who skipped Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, has confirmed that his second Marc Kennedy of Edmonton, Alberta and lead Ben Hebert of Regina, Saskatchewan will be joining Koe next season. Both Kennedy and Hebert were also part of Martin's team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

It has also been reported by Norm Cowley of the Edmonton Journal that former world champion Brett Laing will also join Koe's team. Laing, of Meaford, Ontario, has been the second for Glenn Howard, the 2007 and 2012 World Champion, since 2004.

If Laing makes the move out west, there is then speculation that Kennedy will move from second to third.

Now the questions are where will Koe's third Pat Simmons and lead Nolan Thiessen play next season, and will Koe still be allowed to represent Canada next season at the 2015 Tim Horton's Brier in Calgary with a completely transformed lineup compared to his 2014 national championship team.

As for Koe's current second, Carter Rycroft of Grande Prairie, Koe and Rycroft have already confirmed that Rycroft plans to take next year off as he and his wife are expecting a child.

Canada's first game of the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship will be on Saturday versus Denmark.