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Gushue, teammates have worn the maple leaf before

When Brad Gushue leads his team into its first game at the world men's curling championship in Edmonton this weekend, it will be the third time he has skipped a Canadian team in an international event.
When Brad Gushue leads his team into its first game at the world men's curling championship in Edmonton this weekend, it will be the third time he has skipped a Canadian team in an international event.

When Brad Gushue and his teammates take to the ice at Rexall Centre in Edmonton on Saturday for a game against Peter de Cruz’s Swiss rink, it will be their first time playing as Team Canada at a world men’s curling championship. However, every member of the Gushue rink has represented Canada internationally before.

Most famously, Gushue and longtime third Mark Nichols won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The two also wore the maple leaf as they claimed the title at the 2001 world junior championship in Ogden, Utah.

Lead Geoff Walker is a two-time world junior champion, having been third on the Charley Thomas rink that won a gold medal for Canada in 2006. The Thomas rink repeated the feat as Team Canada in 2007, this time with Walker as the alternate.

Second Brett Gallant also competed at the world junior championships, skipping the Canadian entry to a silver medal in 2009.

Gallant had another chance to wear Canadian colours as he and Jocelyn Peterman won the 2016 Canadian mixed doubles championship, but they declined going to the world mixed doubles last fall because of commitments to their regular four-person rinks  — Gallant to play with Gushue in a Grand Slam event and Peterman as part of the 2016 Canadian women’s champions skipped by Chelsea Carey.

Walker and partner Laura Crocker were runners-up in last year’s Canadian mixed doubles, but they also turned down the opportunity to go to the worlds for the same reasons, leaving the third-place finishers to represent this country.

Tom Sallows, who will be the alternate for the Gushue rink in Edmonton, was the spare for the Pat Simmons/John Morris rink representing Canada at the 2015 world men’s championship.

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