Gallant unsure of future in junior ranks

Tim Gall
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SOREL-TRACY, Que. - The Brett Gallant era at the Canadian junior curling championships may be over.
Gallant watched the closing ceremonies late Sunday night after hinting he may not try to return next season for a record-setting seventh time. The ceremonies were held for all teams, but recognized both Ontario teams that won the respective titles on Sunday.
Gallant and his team of Adam Casey of Seven Mile Bay, Anson Carmody of Summerside and Alex MacFadyen of Summerside finished the event with an 8-4 (won-lost) record, tied for fourth place and missing the playoffs by one game.
The Charlottetown Curling Club rink did not get the chance to repeat as back-to-back champions.
Gallant equalled a record of Brad Gushue's for most appearances at the nationals, at six. And the team's eight wins during the event extended Gallant's record of most wins recorded at the annual tournament, which he set at 42 early in the week before climbing to 48 to close the event.
"It's something I can hang my hat on, I guess," said Gallant of the all-time mark. "It was a long road to get those 48 wins, but that's cool."
The record 48 wins is the mark on the junior men's side, but the tournament record of 49 belongs to Summerside's Suzanne Birt (Gaudet), who won back-to-back provincial titles for the province at the beginning of the decade.
A return to the championships next season by Gallant would give him a chance to surpass her mark. However, that's not enough to entice Gallant.
"That (record) wouldn't make us come back," he said. "We'd definitely come back looking for another Canadian championship if we did.
"If I could get a team that could make a run at that, it would be worth it. But those records are not quite as important to me.
"I'm not a hundred per cent sure yet. We'll see if I can work a team out. Maybe, if not, I'll play men's.
"It's my last year of junior, but I can't definitely rule out coming back," he stated. "We'll see what happens, but maybe I'll play men's with my dad (Peter)."

Organizations: Charlottetown Curling Club

Geographic location: Summerside, Ontario

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