Murray McCormick of the Regina Leader-Post has the reaction of Kevin Martin team lead Ben Hebert to the departure of John Morris. The third announced he was splitting with the team on Wednesday after a seven-year run that was highlighted by a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. It seems the news was a surprise.
Hebert said that he was stunned by Morris's decision to move on from the Edmonton-based team that won the gold medal in men's curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"I have a lot of emotions going on,'' Hebert said Wednesday from his Calgary home. "I have a little bit of sadness, a little bit of anger, and I'm also wondering about the unknown. I've been used to playing with these guys for seven years, but all good things have to come to an end. We're going to have to regroup as a team and think about what we're going to do.''
These comments seem to indicate Morris’s move, announced to the other three in a conference call, took the team by surprise. While it’s not a surprise that the Martin team struggled in 2012-13, coming on the even of the Olympic Trials the shake up is shocking.
He stated that the team has no idea as of yet who will be the new third.
"We'll discuss who we want over the next few weeks and who will be a good fit,'' Hebert said. "We're in a pretty good spot because we're already in the Olympic trials. I think we have a pretty good chance of winning and now we just have to find another piece to the puzzle. The team will figure it out. Right now we don't have anything.''