SUMMERSIDE — Adam Casey is returning home to curl.
Casey will skip a rink on P.E.I. next season consisting of third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty.
“I love the game of curling and the chance to come home is great,” said Casey from St. John’s, N.L. “Newfoundland has been great to me and wearing the Newfoundland colours has been great, and if I get the chance to represent P.E.I. again that would be great.”
Casey curled the last three seasons with the Brad Gushue rink out of St. John’s, N.L.
However, since receiving news on April 20 that he would not be returning to the Gushue rink, things have quickly fallen into place for Casey.
“I considered myself pretty lucky to get three guys with this much experience and desire to compete, considering how late in the game it is,” explained Casey, who played both the second- and third-stone positions with Team Gushue. “The curling free agency has almost wound down.
“I am happy to team up with three guys who want to work as hard as these three want to work.”
Casey, who is from Seven Mile Bay, and Carmody, a Summerside native, are no strangers to each other.
They are both products of the junior program at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, and are former junior teammates.
Casey and Carmody won a Canadian junior title and a silver medal at the world championships with the Brett Gallant-skipped rink in 2009, and took home the silver medal from the 2009 world junior championships.
Carmody played third stone last season with the Eddie MacKenzie rink, which represented P.E.I. at the Tim Hortons Brier national championship in March.
Doherty is from Charlottetown and played second stone on the Blair Jay-skipped rink that finished third in the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s championship.
Barry, who is moving to P.E.I. and take courses at UPEI, skipped the New Brunswick men’s rink at the 2013 Canadian junior men’s championship and played lead on the province’s representative at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier.
Casey says the rink is committed to a busy schedule and facing the best competition as possible.
“We are just laying out the schedule,” said Casey, who added the rink expects to play a lot of spiels in Ontario and Quebec. “Obviously, we will be chasing points and trying to get ourselves into the Grand Slams.”