March 16, 1983 |
|Curling club||Saville SC,
|Brier appearances||7 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)|
|Top CCA ranking||1st (2006–07, 2007–08, 2009-10, 2010-11)|
|Grand Slam victories||9: The National (Mar 2007, Dec 2007, Dec 2010);
Canadian Open (Jan 2007, Dec 2007, 2010)
Ben Hebert (born March 16, 1983 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian curler, a Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist, 2008 World Champion and two time Brier Champion from Chestermere, Alberta.
Hebert, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, played lead for Pat Simmons from 2004 to 2006, where he played in two Briers for Saskatchewan (2005 & 2006). The team finished 6-5 and 5-6 respectively. Hebert was also the 5th player on Team Saskatchewan, skipped by Steve Laycock, which went on to win the Canadian Junior Curling Championships and the World Junior Curling Championships in 2003.
Hebert moved to Alberta, and joined up briefly with the John Morris team. He then went with Morris later on in the year to play for Kevin Martin. With his new team, he won the Canada Cup in 2007 and finished fourth place at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier. In 2008, Hebert was a part of the Alberta team that won the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier, and a member of Team Canada that won the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship. In 2009, Hebert was again the Lead for Team Alberta that repeated as 2009 Tim Hortons Brier Champions as they went 13-0 for the second consecutive Brier, and in the process set a new Brier record with most consecutive wins at 26.
Scandal broke out in their final round robin game at the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials against the Glenn Howard rink. Howard's third, Richard Hart, accused Hebert of an illegal brushing move in the 9th end. Replays show Hebert illegally lifting his broom off the ice in a vertical direction, instead of lifting it off to the side. This tactic is sometimes made to slow down a rock by dropping debris in front of the rock. Indeed, the rock he was sweeping was heavy, and Hebert's tactic may have caused the rock to veer off course slightly. Whether or not the act was intentional was left undiscovered.
Hebert and the rest of Team Martin went on to defeat Glenn Howard in the Final of the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Team Martin went on to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal after their 6-3 defeat of Thomas Ulsrud in the finals. Team Martin then capped an amazing 2009/2010 season by winning The Players Championship with an 8-7 extra end victory over Brad Gushue. Martin's team finished 2010 at the top of the WCT Money List with $139,750 and at the top of the WCT Order of Merit. Martin and co. capped the season with a 32 game winning streak.
Hebert and Team Martin won The National in December 2010. In January 2011, Team Martin won the TSN Skins Game deafeating Scotland's David Murdoch in the Final and earning $57,000 in the process. They later defeated Kevin Koe in the Alberta Provincial Final and went on to finish 4th at the 2011 Tim Horton's Brier where Hebert was named a First Team All Star at Lead. They capped the season with a win at the Players Championship. With the win, Hebert and his team won the $25,000 first-place prize, plus took home a $50,000 bonus for winning the season-long Capital One Cup points race. The rink finished the season with $125,500 in prize money, second only to Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen, who collected $127,490.
|2004–05||Pat Simmons||Jeff Sharp||Chris Haichert||Ben Hebert||2005 Brier|
|2005–06||Pat Simmons||Jeff Sharp||Chris Haichert||Ben Hebert||2006 Brier|
|2006–07||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2007 Alta., CC, Brier|
|2007–08||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2008 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC|
|2008–09||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2009 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC|
|2009–10||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2009 COCT, 2010 OG|
|2010–11||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2010 CC, 2011 Alta., Brier|
|2011–12||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2011 CC, 2012 Alta.|
|2012–13||Kevin Martin||John Morris||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert||2012 CC, 2013 Alta., Brier|
|2013–14||Kevin Martin||David Nedohin||Marc Kennedy||Ben Hebert|
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (May 2010)|
- "Regina-born curler Ben Hebert ready to make Olympic memories of his own", Leader-Post, Rob Vanstone, February 10, 2010
- "Interesting take on sweeping from Ben Hebert; and stop flopping, Andy Kapp!", Calgary Herald, Al Cameron, April 6, 2009
- "A Day in the Life with Canadian Olympian - Ben Hebert", Riley Moynes - Living Sky Media plus