Vice-skip Darren Moulding has left the curling rink led by Brendan Bottcher.
Team Bottcher announced the lineup change on Friday night in a statement posted to Twitter.
The rink said that Moulding is taking time away from curling for personal reasons and that it would announce a new player at a later date.
Moulding disputed the statement in his own tweet saying "'Personal Reasons' lol… that’s a head scratcher…. Might have ask whose “personal reasons” those are."
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/kxC9Iv1v1l— Team Bottcher 🚂 (@TeamBottcher) December 4, 2021
This is a complete bs statement… I’m very disappointed that the team didn’t put out an accurate statement on my status. I am not taking time away from the game… I’m ready, willing and able to play. I was planning to defend my title as team Canada in Lethbridge. https://t.co/zYEuOMDueL— Darren Moulding (@darren_moulding) December 4, 2021
He added hashtags saying "Don't believe it" and "lies" to the tweet.
Bottcher's statement said that the new player would play with the rink for the rest of the season, including defending the Tim Hortons Brier title.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2021.