It has been a very different week for team Jacobs, and things won’t return to normal for a little while yet, at least for the next two events.
For Team Jacobs, they have lost Ryan Fry after he declared a leave of absence from the team following his actions in Red Deer. While filling a spot on Jamie Koe’s team at a World Curling Tour event, Fry, as well as other members of Koe’s team were noted as being “drunk and disruptive”.
Their actions included swearing and breaking brooms.
Fry posted a statement to his twitter following the incident.
Team Jacobs fully supported Ryan in his efforts of bettering himself, stating in response:
“We believe how Ryan is handling everything is a true reflection of his character.
We will miss Ryan not being on the ice with us for at least the next two upcoming events, but we will be in communication with him throughout this time, supporting him personally and we will take it one day at a time.
Our team will still be competing in the upcoming Canada Cup and Grand Slam events in December and we will announce who will be playing with us for those events in the coming days.”
Those mentioned coming days have arrived, as Team Jacobs have announced the replacements for both events.
Two-time Olympian Marc Kennedy will join Jacobs and Co. at the Canada Cup from December 5th – 9th. in Estevan, Sask., while Matt Wozniak will fill grab Fry’s spot at the National in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland from the 11th – 16th.
36 year old Mark Kennedy was apart of Kevin Martin’s team that won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He returned to the Pyeongchang Games this year with skip Kevin Koe but failed to earn a medal. Kennedy will be playing Fry’s usual third spot. The team has confirmed his spot in the lineup via a facebook post.
35 year old Matt Wozniak was a longtime second on a team based out of Winnipeg, which was skipped by Mike McEwen. That rink disbanded after last season with McEwen forming a new with a new skip. Wozniak will play his role of second, bumping E.J. Harden to third for the tournament.