By Mike Hanafin – News 1130

Curling fans might get a sneak peak at our Olympic men’s curling team this weekend in New Westminster.  The West Coast Curling Classic starts Friday morning at Royal City Curling Club, with the playoffs and final on Monday.  Some of the Olympic contenders will be in action.

A total of 32 teams are competing in the triple-knockout event for $80,000 in prize money, including former world champs Kevin Martin and Glenn Howard, along with 2006 Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue. Many of the teams playing in the Olympic Trials and pre-trials are entered, along with national teams from China, Korea and Russia.

Howard plays his first game against 2009 B.C. Seniors champ Brian Gessner of Richmond Curling Club at 8 a.m. Friday.  Martin’s first game is against 2009 B.C. Junior champ Bryan Kedziora of Golden Ears Curling Club at 11 a.m.  Brad Gushue plays the Korean national team at 2:30 p.m.

Tonight there’s a special “skins game” between Martin and current B.C. men’s champ Sean Geall of Royal City.  The Skins Game starts at 7:30.

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