'Ferbey Four' ends curling run
Randy Ferbey and his fearsome curling foursome are calling it quits.
The team confirmed that Ferbey will join Brad Gushue's N.L. rink after the Edmonton team disbands when the WCT's Players' Championship in Dawson Creek, B.C., concludes next week.
"Emotionally, it's a difficult time because this team has been our life for the last 13 years. I've played on this team longer than I've known my wife," Ferbey's world-renowned fourth, Dave Nedohin, told CBC Radio in Edmonton on Wednesday.
"It's difficult for everybody because we know that next week in Dawson Creek at the Players' Championship, it's going to be the last time that this team steps on the ice together and it'll be emotional for us, I'm sure."
Nedohin, along with Ferbey throwing third stones, second Scott Pfeifer and lead Marcel Rocque, won four Briers and three world championships from 2001-05. Dubbed the "Ferbey Four," the rink is considered one of the most dominant curling teams ever assembled.
"This is the end of a very, very special team," Ferbey told The Edmonton Journal on Tuesday. "It was a remarkable run and I'm not sure if it will ever be done again.
"I might wage a bet. I don't think there will be many great teams stay together for the length of time that we did without making a single change."
Jamie Korab, a member of 2006 gold-medal winning team at the Turin Olympics , is parting ways with Team Gushue.
"I'm just a little burnt out after 13 years of curling at this level," said Korab, who noted that he is getting married this July, and plans to focus on work and family.
"I am really looking forward to it," he said. "They tell me there is life after curling."
A news conference is scheduled for Thursday in N.L. to unveil Gushue's new foursome.
The 50-year-old Ferbey will call the game and throw third stones for Gushue, exactly the same role he had with the Ferbey Four. He will play with Gushue, a native of St. John's, on the Grand Slam circuit, but not the provincials. Ferbey will form a new Alberta team for that competition.
As for Nedohin, Pfeifer, and Rocque, the three will take an indefinite break from curling.
"It's been 18 or 19 years at this and I love the game. It's going to be a big change for me, you know, waking up in September next year and not going to the curling rink," Nedohin said. "I'll see how I like it. I'm going to find other things to do."
But Nedohin didn't rule out a return, and Ferbey is hoping to convince him to join his team again at the Alberta championships.
"Maybe I'll miss it enough that after one year, I'll want to get back into it," Nedohin said, "or maybe it's going to be two years or five years. Who knows?"