David St. Louis will skip Team Nunavut in Regina
By Pat Payton
David St. Louis says he’s both “excited and nervous at the same time.”
Two feelings that are not surprising for someone about to compete on Canada’s biggest curling stage. The St. Marys resident leaves today (Mar. 1) for the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, being held in Regina Saskatchewn Mar. 3-11 at the Brandt Centre.
St. Louis will skip Team Nunavut. Other members of the team are vice Wade Kingdon, second Peter Mackey and lead Jeff Nadeau. The coach is Barry Westman.
In early December, St. Louis travelled to Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, to compete with this local team as an import player. One other Iqaluit rink–also with an import player–competed in the Brier qualifier, with St. Louis’ team winning the best-of-five final three games to one.
St. Louis spent 16 years of his life working in Iqaluit, which has a population of about 7,700 residents. He was president and ran the curling club in Iqaluit, and knows his Brier teammates quite well.
“I curled and did other things with them,” St. Louis told the newspaper. “Jeff and I are good friends, and I probably taught Wade how to curl. I know them all well.”
St. Louis, his wife Carla and family moved to the Stonetown in 2005.
Sixteen teams competing
A record number 16 men’s teams will compete at this year’s Brier in Regina.
St. Louis and Team Nunavut practice on Friday, and then start a seven-game round-robin format on Saturday at 2 p.m.
What are his expectations going into the national event, St. Louis was asked last week.
“Our expectations are low,” he replied. “This is the first time that Nunavut has played in the Brier, and it’s going to be a tough road. The pool that we’re in is going to be very good.
“If we get 10 ends in, we’ve got a chance to win. We’re going to play conservatively, and hopefully we can get a couple of wins.”
The top four teams from each pool advance to the playoff round.
As a tune-up for the Brier, St. Louis and his Iqaluit teammates competed in a bonspiel in Ottawa about a month ago. They won their first two games and then lost two.
“They flew down and we played in a fun bonspiel, just to play some games together,” St. Louis said. “And we had our coach there with us. It was just a little prep work.”
In addition to Team Nunavut, other Pool ‘B’ rinks at the Brier are: Manitoba, Ontario, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick and P.E.I.