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Koe to skip new team in 2015

Kevin Koe
Kevin Koe
Verne Equinox, Wikimedia Commons

According to the Canadian Press, reigning Tim Horton's Brier champion Kevin Koe of Calgary will be skipping a new team for the 2015 curling season.

Koe will be joining third Marc Kennedy, second Brent Laing and lead Ben Hebert. Kennedy and Hebert are both gold medalists from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with skip Kevin Martin, while Laing has won two World Curling Championships with Glenn Howard out of Ontario. It appears Laing will be moving to Calgary.

Koe, Kennedy and Hebert are also former world champions. Koe won the 2010 World Curling Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy as a skip, while Kennedy and Hebert won the 2008 World Curling Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota with Martin, who has indicated his possible interest in retirement.

With the changes, Kennedy will move from second to third, a significant adjustment for any curler, no matter how experienced you are.

Koe leaves behind third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen. There were rumblings that Rycroft would take the year off, and if he does, Simmons and Thiessen may not have the opportunity alone to represent Canada at the 2015 Tim Horton's Brier in Calgary.