The Tim Hortons Brier will start later this week in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Following are interviews we did with of 13 of the participating teams:

Alberta (Team Bottcher)

 

Team Bottcher are playing in their first Brier but they will be able to lean on the experience of their coach, four-time Brier champion Kevin Martin.  Alberta will start the Brier against hometown favourites Team Gushue.  Here is our Brier interview with skip Brendan Bottcher:

 

British Columbia (Team Morris)

 

John Morris returns to the Brier with the team that he helped take to the Brier final in 2014.  Here is our interview with skip John Morris:

 

Canada (Team K. Koe)

The defending champions have not dominated as much this season but Kevin Koe has made it to the final in 4 of his 5 Brier appearances, winning three times.  Here is our interview with skip Kevin Koe:

 

Manitoba (Team McEwen)

A second straight Brier appearance for the team from Winnipeg that made the playoffs at last season’s Brier.  Here is our interview with third BJ Neufeld:

 

New Brunswick (Team Kennedy)

 

The former Canadian senior champion and his team will be playing in their second consecutive Brier.  Here is our interview with skip Mike Kennedy:

 

Newfoundland and Labrador (Team Gushue)

 

The hometown favourites, and top-ranked team in the world, will be looking for their first Brier title in St. John’s.  Team Gushue has been busily preparing for the Brier and were unavailable for an interview.

 

Northern Ontario (Team Jacobs)

 

The 2013 champions are back at the Brier where they have gone 21-1 in the round-robin over the past two years.  Here is our interview with skip Brad Jacobs:

 

Nova Scotia (Team Murphy)

 

Team Murphy will look to qualify for the main draw after losing in the Pre-Qualifier final last year.  Here is our interview with skip Jamie Murphy:

 

Ontario (Team Howard)

 

Glenn Howard will be making a record 17th appearance at the Brier in St. John’s.  Howard won the last of his four Briers in 2012. Here is our interview with skip Glenn Howard:

 

Prince Edward Island (Team MacKenzie)

Eddie MacKenzie and his team return to the Brier to compete in the Pre-Qualifier without last year’s skip, Adam Casey, who will play for Saskatchewan this year.  The team was busy preparing for the Pre-Qualifier and were unavailable for an interview.

 

Quebec (Team Menard)

 

The 2006 Brier champion and his team qualified for another Brier by winning a record fifth consecutive Quebec title.  Here is our interview with skip Jean-Michel Menard:

 

Saskatchewan (Team Casey)

 

Adam Casey becomes the first man to skip different provinces in consecutive Briers since John-David Lyon skipped Newfoundland in 1960 and Manitoba in 1961.  Here is our interview with skip Adam Casey:

 

Northwest Territories (Team J. Koe)

 

Jamie Koe will be making an 11th appearance at the Brier, having reached the playoffs in 2012.  Here is our interview with skip Jamie Koe:

 

Nunavut (Team Nix)

 

Jim Nix and his team will have played a total of two competitive games as a team when they arrive for the Pre-Qualifier and would certainly be the “Cinderella” story of this year’s Brier if they were to qualify for the main draw.  Here is our interview with skip Jim Nix:

 

Yukon (Team Kochan)

 

Craig Kochan may not be a familiar name to many in our audience but he has had a long career in curling that dates back some thirty years when he qualified for the final of the Canadian Juniors.  Here is our interview with skip Craig Kochan:

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(Photo credits: Curling Canada)

 

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