Brad Gushue Team Members at Pan Continental 2023

By Dipak BK / 3 November 2023 12:46 PM

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Brad Gushue team members are Third Mark Nichols, Second E.J. Harnden, and Lead Geoff Walker. Caleb Flaxey is the team's head coach.

The team finished in first place earning the top seed for the playoffs at the Round Robin Tournament at the 2023 Pan Continental Curling Championships held at Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Jim Cotter is the Alternate for Team Gushue which has Nichols as the Vice-Skip for the team skipped by Gushue.

Gushue most recently criticized the Pan Continental for holding the tournament at a Curling club and not on an ice arena. 

His list of complaints about the way the tournament was being conducted has led to him questioning if the 2022 Pan Continental champions would be returning to the event in the future. 

The current lineup of team Gushue has been throwing stones together since the 2022/23 season. Harnden was the new addition to the team after their previous Second Brett Gallant left to join Team Bottcher.

Brad began his career as the Second on the team Skipped by Ryan Davis for a season in 1994/95 before he started skipping his team in since 1995/96 season. Nichols who joined his team in 1998/99 as the Third has been teaming up with Gushue for the longest period.

Skip - Brad Gushue

Brad Gushue is a Canadian Curler and the Skip for Team Gushue out of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. He won the gold for Canada in 2006.

The 2017 World Champion began curling in 1994/95.  He stayed with the team for a season before skipping his team in 1995/96 and won the provincial Junior Curling Championships six times before moving on to the seniors.

His success in the Juniors is not limited to the provincial championships but two gold won at the World Junior championships in 1998 and 2001. After a fantastic junior career, Gushue went on to enjoy massive success in his Senior career as well. 

The first Newfoundlander ever to win gold at the Olympics did so at the 2006 Olympics held in Turin, Italy. He was teamed up with  Russ Howard, Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, and Mike Adam to represent Canada.

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Gushue won his second Olympic medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics when he won the bronze representing team Canada. His team finished with a bronze at the 2013 and the 2017 Canadian Olympic Trials.

The 5-time Brier Champion (2017, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2023) won all of them with Nichols and Walker in his team. Brett Gallant was with the team for all of team Brier Championships except for the 2023 one when he was replaced with E.J. Harnden. 

Awards and Achievements 

Gushue has made 20 Briers and 4 world championships in his Curling Career which includes 14 Grand Slam of Curling titles to his name.

Here are the awards and accolades he has received some of which are given below:

  • GSOC victories: 
    • The National (2010, 2015, 2021, 2022)
    • Masters (2014, 2017)
    • Canadian Open (2014, 2017)
    • Elite 10 (2016, Sept. 2018)
    • Players' (2016), Tour Challenge (2017)
    • Champions Cup (2018, 2022)
  • Representing Canada
    • Gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics and Bronze at the 2022 Beijing Olympics
    • 2017 World Champion and silver medalist at the 2018, 2022, and 2023 World Championships
    • 2-time gold medalist at the World Junior Championships in 1998 & 2001
    • The 2022 Pan Continental Championships gold medal winner
  • Representing Newfound land 
    • Gold at the 2005 & 2021 Canadian Olympics Trials and bronze in 2013 and 2017
    • Three gold(2017,2020, 2022), two silver(2007,2016) and one bronze(2011) at the Tim Horton's Brier
    • 2021 Canadian Mixed Doubles Champions paired with Kerri Einarson
  • Selected as the All-Star Skip in 2017 and 2023 at the Worl Men's Curling Championship

Third - Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols is the Third on Team Gushue out of St. John's, NL. He was part of Team Canada at the 2006 Olympics where they won the gold. 

Born in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Nichols began curling from an early age finishing in eighth place at the 1995, Canada Games.  He joined team Gushue in 1999 and has teamed up with Gushue the longest among the team Gusue members.

Nichols has won 10 GSOC events with team Gushue and two with Jeff Stoughton's team. He had retired from Curling briefly in 2011 but made his return to curling to play two seasons(2012/13 & 2013/14) with Stoughton's team before reuniting with Gushue in 2014.

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The 3-time Brier Silver medalist (2007,2003,2016) was on team Gushue for all 5 of their Brier Championships. He won the National in 2013 with Stoughton adding to his 14 GSOC titles won with team Gushue. 

Nichols skipped a team to win the 2005 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship with Brent Hamilton, Jennifer Guzzwell, and his sister Shelly Hardy. 4

Here are some achievements of Mark Nichols in his curling career so far. 

  • All-Star Third:
    • World Men's Curling Championship 2017 & 2018
    • World Junior Curling Championships 2001
  • Briers:
    • First-team All-Star, Third in 2018, and second-team All-Star third in 2004, 2016, 2017, and 2022.
    • First-team All-Star, Lead in 2013
    • First-team All-Star, Second in 2014

Second - E.J. Harnden

Eric "E.J." Harnden is a Canadian Curler out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and currently plays second for Team Gushue. He joined team Gushue in 2022/23. 

Harnden began his Curling career as the Third in 2007/08  playing for the team skipped by his father Eric Harnden Sr., the three-time Northern Ontario champion. He had skipped teams in his junior career before teaming up with brother Rran and his father for a single season.

E.J. joined the team Skipped by Brad Jacobs with Ryan and Flaxey in 2008/09 and was with the team until the 2021/22 season. He joined team Gushue in 2022/23 replacing their former Second Brett Gallant. 

The 2014 Olympic Gold medalist, began throwing second in the 2012/13 season.  He has 8 Grand Slam Victories under his belt and made 14 Brier Appearances and three World Championship appearances.

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The Father of two graduated from Alogama University Alumni with a Bachelor's degree in Business administration and Marketing. He works for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as the product manager for Instant Games and is married to Rachelle Harnden.

Awards and Achievements

  • GSOC titles:
    • 2015 Players' Championship 
    • 2016 National, 2017 Champions Cup 
    • 2018 Tour Challenge, 2019 Tour Challenge 
    • 2019 National 
    • 2020 Canadian Open
  • Representing Canada:
    • Gold at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia at the 2013 World Championships 
  • Representing Northern Ontario:
    • Gold at the 2013 and silver at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials
    • Gold at the 2013 Tim Horton's Brier
    • One silver(2015) and three Bronze medals(2010, 2016, 2019) at the Tim Horton's Brier 

Lead - Geoff Walker

Geoff Walker plays lead for the Brad Gushue rink. He is a five-time Brier Champion with Team Gushue currently living in Edmonton, Alberta.

The 2006 Canadian Junior Champion began curling at the age of 12. His junior career includes two gold medals won at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. 

Walker began as the Second on the Kurt Balderston rink in 2008. He left the Baldeston Rink to skip his team in 2010 and led the team to the semifinals at the 2011 Boston Pizza Cup. 

Geoff left to join the Brad Gushue rink in 2011 where he initially played Second but switched to playing Lead for them in 2012.

He has been the Lead on Team Gushue since then, he shared the role with Joel Krats and Ryan McNeil Lamswood for a single season in 2020/21.

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The 2022 Olympic Bronze medalist has been with Team Gushue since joining in 2011 with his 12 Brier Appearances, and 13 Grand Slam titles.

Geoff is married to fellow Curler Laura Walker and shares two children. His Sister Stephanie Enright is also a curler and his cousins Matt Walker, Greg Gatto, and Darby Walker have both played hockey professionally. 

Matt Walker enjoyed a professional hockey career from 2000 to 2012 and has played for the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. The Blues drafted Matt in 1998 as the 83rd overall pick. 

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