Jeff Stoughton

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Jeff Stoughton
Curler
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Born (1963-07-26) July 26, 1963 (age 50)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team
Curling club Charleswood CC,
Winnipeg, MB
Skip Jeff Stoughton
Third Rob Fowler
Second Alex Forrest
Lead Connor Njegovan
Alternate Garth Smith
Career
Brier appearances 11 (1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Top CCA ranking 1st (2003-04, 2012-13)
Grand Slam victories 4: Masters (2004); Canadian Open (2006); Player's (2003); The National (2013)

Jeff Stoughton (born July 26, 1963) is a Canadian curler. Stoughton is a three-time Brier champion and two-time World champion as skip.

Career[edit]

Stoughton's first national championship came in 1988 when he won the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. He won the mixed once again in 1991. 1991 was the same year Stoughton attended his first Brier. His team of Dave Iverson, Ken Tresoor and Garry VanDenBerghe finished 6-5. Five years later, at the 1996 Labatt Brier, Stoughton and his team of Tresoor, VanDenBerghe, and Steve Gould went all the way, losing only two games en route to the championship, defeating Kevin Martin of Alberta in the final. At the subsequent World Championship, Stoughton went on to lose just one game, winning the Championship against Warwick Smith of Scotland.

Stoughton would return to the 1999 Labatt Brier with 2 new players, Jon Mead and Doug Armstrong replacing Tresoor and Gould. The team went 10-3 winning in the final against Guy Hemmings of Quebec. However, at the 1999 Worlds, Stoughton's team would not be as successful as they were in 1996. The team went 9-2, but one of their losses was in the final against Hammy McMillan of Scotland. Stoughton and his Manitoba four-some returned to the 2000 Labatt Brier. The team, who had an excellent round robin, would bow out in the first game of the playoffs, and finish with a 9-4 record. Stoughton reached the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier with Mead, Van Den Berghe, and Gould. However, the team finished in sixth place with a record of 6-5, missing the playoffs. He also played for Manitoba at the 2007 Brier, with a new lineup of Ryan Fry, Rob Fowler, and Gould. He fared better than the previous year, but fell in the semifinal to eventual world champion Glenn Howard of Ontario; Howard held a four-point lead after nine ends, and Stoughton was ready to concede the game; however, CBC, who was broadcasting the game, requested that the tenth end be played for airtime reasons; the two teams ended up throwing all the stones through the house in the tenth end.

Following the 2007-08 season, Ryan Fry left Team Stoughton to join Brad Gushue's rink. Fry was replaced with Kevin Park for the 2008-09 season.[1] The move proved to be fairly successful, as Stoughton led his new team to the final of the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier in which they lost to Kevin Martin.

Stoughton's rink qualified for the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. The team finished third, after losing to Glenn Howard's rink in the semi-final. In February 2010 Jeff Stoughton won his 8th Manitoba provincial championship, a record for that province.[2] At the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier, Stoughton finished out of the playoffs despite a 7-4 record.

In April 2010 Rob Fowler and Kevin Park quit the team and both decided to skip their own teams for 2010-2011.[3] Jeff brought back his past longtime third Jon Mead, while also acquiring Reid Carruthers to play at second. Steve Gould will remain at lead. The team will attempt to make a run at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

With a new team of Jon Mead and Reid Carruthers, Stoughton won the 2011 Safeway Championship in Manitoba to qualify for the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. There in London, Ontario, the team finished second in the round robin and went on to defeat Glenn Howard in the final 8-6, capturing Stoughton's third Brier championship.[4] Stoughton and his team also did well at the world championships, finishing first in the round robin and defeating Scotland's Tom Brewster a total of three times to win his second world title.

Stoughton failed to reach the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier after losing to eventual provincial champion Rob Fowler in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Safeway Championship. A few weeks later, Stoughton dropped lead Steve Gould from his team.[5] It was then announced in May 2012 that Mark Nichols would join the team for the next season as lead.[6]

Stoughton won his first Canada Cup in 2012, defeating Glenn Howard's rink in the final. This gave his team a berth in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in his hometown of Winnipeg. Later in the season, Stoughton won the 2013 The National, completing a career Grand Slam. He qualified for his 10th Brier of his career by winning the 2013 Safeway Championship. At the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, Stoughton led his Manitoba rink to an 8-3 round robin record. The team managed to make it to the final against Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs whom they lost to.

At the 2013 Olympic Trials, Stoughton's team finished the round robin with a 3-4 record, missing the playoffs. The team would win another Manitoba championship in 2014, earning the rink a trip to the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier. At the Brier, the team finished the round robin in a three-way time for first place with a 9-2 record. After losing to Quebec in the 3 vs. 4 match, they beat them in a re-match to claim the bronze medal.

Personal[edit]

Stoughton is a financial systems manager for Air Canada. He is married to Hali Weiss, and they have a daughter, Elizabeth and two sons, Riley and Cole.[7] Stoughton is particularly known for his 360° "spin-o-rama" delivery, where he comes out of the hack, spins around and then throws the rock. Stoughton does this to entertain fans, but does not usually do it during games, except for meaningless shots. He also performed the move in a cameo appearance in the 2002 film Men With Brooms.

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead
1990–91 Jeff Stoughton Dave Iverson Ken Tresoor Garry Vandenberghe
1994–95 Jeff Stoughton Jeff Ryan Garry Vandenberghe Darryl Gunnlaugson
1995–96 Jeff Stoughton Ken Tresoor Garry Vandenberghe Steve Gould
1996–97 Jeff Stoughton Ken Tresoor Garry Vandenberghe Steve Gould
1998–99 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Doug Armstrong
1999–00 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Doug Armstrong
2000–01 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Doug Armstrong
2001–02 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Doug Armstrong
2002–03 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Jim Spencer
2003–04 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Steve Gould
2004–05 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Steve Gould
2005–06 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Garry Vandenberghe Steve Gould
2006–07 Jeff Stoughton Ryan Fry Rob Fowler Steve Gould
2007–08 Jeff Stoughton Ryan Fry Rob Fowler Steve Gould
2008–09 Jeff Stoughton Kevin Park Rob Fowler Steve Gould
2009–10 Jeff Stoughton Kevin Park Rob Fowler Steve Gould
2010–11 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Reid Carruthers Steve Gould
2011–12 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Reid Carruthers Steve Gould
2012–13 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Reid Carruthers Mark Nichols
2013–14 Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Reid Carruthers Mark Nichols
Jeff Stoughton Jon Mead Mark Nichols Reid Carruthers
2014–15 Jeff Stoughton Rob Fowler Alex Forrest Connor Njegovan

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Masters / World Cup Q Q F C QF Q Q SF DNP F QF QF SF
Canadian Open Q QF QF Q C QF QF SF QF SF F QF SF
The National QF QF F F QF DNP SF QF QF F QF C Q
Players' Q C SF QF Q Q Q QF SF QF Q SF Q

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curling Scoops. Manitoba roster shuffle.
  2. ^ "Jeff Stoughton-Charleswood Wins the 2010 Safeway Championship". Curl Manitoba. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  3. ^ Jim Bender (December 20, 2010). "Passing on the cash doesn’t pay off for Fowler". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved December 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Doug Harrison (14 March 2011). "Stoughton slows Glenn Howard in Brier final". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Manitoba's Stoughton curling rink sacks longtime lead Gould". TSN Curling. 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Paul Wiecek (June 4, 2012). "Mark Nichols to join Stoughton curling team". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  7. ^ http://cloudfront7.curling.ca/2013roaroftherings-en/files/2013/12/2013ROTR_MorningRoar_Day5.pdf