SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — John Morris would be the first to admit his team didn’t get off to an ideal start to the season.

The Vernon, B.C., based squad of Morris, Jim Cotter, Catlin Schneider and Tyrel Griffith went winless through the first couple Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournaments at the Tour Challenge in September and last month’s Masters.

Team Morris was able to turn things around this past weekend, however, at the pre-trials to secure a spot for next month’s Roar of the Rings in Ottawa where the Canadian men’s and women’s teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be decided.

Morris, who grew up in the Ottawa area and now lives in Chestermere, Alta., said it feels fantastic to not only keep his Olympic hopes alive but also play in a major event in his former hometown.

“That’s where I have a lot of great memories from junior days playing in the Ottawa valley,” an ecstatic Morris said following Tuesday afternoon’s practice at the BOOST National. “I don’t know how many more of these Trials I’ll be playing in so to have this one in Ottawa where I still have some friends and family back there it just feels great. I’m really excited about it.”

There’s no rest for the world’s best and Team Morris made the trip straight from the pre-trials in Summerside, P.E.I., to Sault Ste. Marie for this week’s Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament. Fortunately for them, their first round-robin game at the BOOST National isn’t until Wednesday at Noon ET against Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen.

“We had a long travel day today coming in from P.E.I. but we’ll be fresh,” Morris said. “The guys were looking good out there throwing rocks. We celebrated on Sunday night a little bit there but there’s …read more


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