Kevin Martin wins World Curling Tour award
Kleibrink, Nixon, Webster and Bell named top women's team
Kevin Martin scored another victory Friday on the heels of his second-place finish at the recent men's world curling championship in Moncton, N.B.
The Edmonton skip has been named the World Curling Tour's most valuable male player after he led his team to three WCT event titles this season.
"This is one award that you just have to cherish because you don't get it very often," Martin said in a statement. "No question.
"This is a good one to win."
Martin also captured the Canadian men's curling championship and Canada Cup in Yorkton, Sask.
This marks the second straight year a member of Martin's team has captured the award. Second Marc Kennedy was the 2008 recipient.
Also Friday, Shannon Kleibrink's foursome from Calgary was named the WCT's top women's team.
Kleibrink, third Amy Nixon, second Bronwen Webster and lead Chelsey Bell captured wins at the Canada Cup and Trial Appliances Autumn Gold Curling Classic, a women's 2008-09 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event.
It also won the CUETS Schmirler Curling Classic, Twin Anchors Houseboat Cashspiel and International Bernese Ladies Cup in Bern, Switzerland.
"There are so many other good teams that could have won this award," said Kleibrink. "It's nice for others to say that our past season has been that good."
The top men's team will be announced Saturday.
With files from The Canadian Press