Your! Call: Which men's rink will win the Roar of the Rings?

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Ryan Horne, TSN.ca
11/28/2013 6:33:59 PM
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The biggest and most important curling event since Kevin Martin won Olympic gold in Vancouver will take place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg from Dec. 1-8. The Roar of the Rings will determine who will represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in February.

For the men, the eight-rink field should bring some intriguing competition with Brier, World and Olympic champions among them. Which rink will emerge to represent Canada in Sochi?

Martin, alongside his new third Dave Nedohin, will try to get his Edmonton rink back to the Games to defend their title.

John Morris was the vice for Martin back in 2010, but he moved on to join Jim Cotter and his rink from British Columbia, who will also be in Winnipeg. Team Morris, which sees Cotter throws final stones, went undefeated at the Pre-Trails in Kitchener.

Shortly after the shakeup, Martin said that teams can't stay together forever and he's happy to have Nedohin on the team.

"Obviously in this situation, once the change in our team was inevitable, Dave was obviously our first choice for so many reasons," said Martin.

In a somewhat surprising move, Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador will spare for Martin in Winnipeg. Gushue, the 2006 Olympic champion, failed to qualify for the Trials.

Coldwater, Ontario's Glenn Howard will look to cross off another accomplishment in his storied career. The four-time Brier and world champion has yet to qualify for an Olympic Games. Being one of the older skips in the game, at the age of 51, this might be his last chance he has to do it.

"It's on my bucket list to get to an Olympics," said Howard, who won the first Grand Slam event of the season in early November.

Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie rink are the defending Brier champs and also one of the youngest and fittest squads in curling. Now they want to take the next step.

"The Olympics and the Brier for me as far as goals, wanting to win and importance is 50/50. We've won the Brier; this [Olympics] is the next step. We want this really bad," Jacobs told TSN.ca. "You etch your mark in history when you win the Brier, but I think you do that even moreso when you win an Olympic gold medal."

Jeff Stoughton will play in front of a home crowd at the Trials. The 50-year-old Winnipegger is a three-time Brier champion and a two-time world champion.

Edmonton's Kevin Koe and his foursome is another talented rink looking to appear in the Olympic Games for the first time. The 38-year-old won the Brier and world championship in 2010. He also won the second Grand Slam event - the Canadian Open - earlier this season.

Winnipeg's Mike McEwen and Ontario's John Epping round out a strong field and hope to surprise at the Trials.

So which rink do think has what it takes to win the Roar of the Rings and represent Canada at the Olympic Games in February?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Glenn Howard and Brad Jacobs (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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