Jeff Stoughton

Jeffrey R. "Jeff" Stoughton[1] (born July 26, 1963) is a Canadian retired curler. He is a three-time Brier champion and two-time World champion as skip. Stoughton retired from competitive curling in 2015. He is one the most successful Manitoba skips in curling history, and one of the most successful players in Canadian curling history. He is currently the National Men's Coach and Program Manager for Curling Canada, as well as being the head coach of the Canadian Mixed Doubles National Team.[2]

Jeff Stoughton
Stoughton in 2018.
Born (1963-07-26) July 26, 1963
Career
Brier appearances11 (1991, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Top CTRS ranking1st (2003-04, 2012-13)
Grand Slam victories4: Masters (2004); Canadian Open (2006); Player's (2003); The National (2013)

Career

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. At the 1997 Olympic Curling Trials, Jeff and his play played well, but narrowly missed the playoffs at 5-4.

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. At the 2001 Olympic Curling Trials, the team would for the second straight time miss the playoffs by just 1 game, going 5-4.

At the 2005 Olympic Curling Trials, Stoughton would come the closest he ever would to reaching the Olympics. He finished the round robin in 2nd place behind the Brad Gushue rink (skipped for this event by Russ Howard throwing second stones), and defeated then John Morris in the semifinal. In the final, Gushue made a steal of two in the 4th end which put Stoughton in a 6-2 hole, which proved to be costly. Stoughton was unable to score the needed second point in the 10th end to tie the match, leading him to lose by a final score of 8-7. Following this loss, Stoughton's third, Jon Mead took a four year break from curling (after the upcoming 2006 Brier).

After a long break between Briers, in large part due to the conflict between the new Grand Slam of Curling and the Canadian Curling Association, which made Grand Slam participants ineligible for the Brier playdowns for several years, 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. This would be the final competitive event for longtime Stoughton second Van Den Berghe who retired. Stoughton would win the bronze 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, eliminating Kevin Martin in the 3-4 game; 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Jeff brought back his past longtime third Jon Mead, while also acquiring Reid Carruthers to play at second.

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.[6] 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. After was the second World title for both Stoughton and Gould, but after many years the first World title for Jon Mead.

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.[7] It was then announced in May 2012 that Mark Nichols would join the team for the next season as lead.[8]

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.

Despite retiring in 2015, Stoughton has made occasional returns to professional events in cameo roles. He participated in the 2017 Elite 10 Grand Slam event and returned to play the March 2018 Elite 10 curling event with Carruthers.[9] There he skipped the team while throwing third stones, though the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Coaching

Following his retirement in 2015 as a professional curler, Stoughton served as a coach for Team Canada's mixed doubles at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.[10] He would serve as coach for Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris as they won the Olympic gold medal.[10]

Personal life

Stoughton is married to Hali Weiss and has three children.[11]

Career statistics

Grand Slam record

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
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
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 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Masters / World Cup Q Q F C QF Q Q SF DNP F QF QF SF QF DNP DNP DNP
The National QF QF F F QF DNP SF QF QF F QF C Q Q DNP DNP DNP
Canadian Open Q QF QF Q C QF QF SF QF SF F QF SF Q DNP DNP DNP
Elite 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP QF* Q**
Players' Q C SF QF Q Q Q QF SF QF Q SF Q Q DNP DNP Q**

* Stoughton was invited to skip a select team of inactive/retired curlers in this event. ** Stoughton threw third stones and skipped the Reid Carruthers rink.

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
1990–91Jeff StoughtonDave IversonKen TresoorGarry Vandenberghe
1994–95Jeff StoughtonJeff RyanGarry VandenbergheDarryl Gunnlaugson
1995–96Jeff StoughtonKen TresoorGarry VandenbergheSteve Gould
1996–97Jeff StoughtonKen TresoorGarry VandenbergheSteve Gould
1998–99Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheDoug Armstrong
1999–00Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheDoug Armstrong
2000–01Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheDoug Armstrong
2001–02Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheDoug Armstrong
2002–03Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheJim Spencer
2003–04Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheSteve Gould
2004–05Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheSteve Gould
2005–06Jeff StoughtonJon MeadGarry VandenbergheSteve Gould
2006–07Jeff StoughtonRyan FryRob FowlerSteve Gould
2007–08Jeff StoughtonRyan FryRob FowlerSteve Gould
2008–09Jeff StoughtonKevin ParkRob FowlerSteve Gould
2009–10Jeff StoughtonKevin ParkRob FowlerSteve Gould
2010–11Jeff StoughtonJon MeadReid CarruthersSteve Gould
2011–12Jeff StoughtonJon MeadReid CarruthersSteve Gould
2012–13Jeff StoughtonJon MeadReid CarruthersMark Nichols
2013–14Jeff StoughtonJon MeadReid CarruthersMark Nichols
Jeff StoughtonJon MeadMark NicholsReid Carruthers
2014–15Jeff StoughtonRob FowlerAlex ForrestConnor Njegovan

Personal life

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.[12] Stoughton was 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.

Honours

Stoughton was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in June 2018.[13]

References

  1. 2017 Brier Media Guide: Previous Rosters
  2. "2018-19 National Team Program lineup, High Performance staff unveiled by Curling Canada". Curling Canada. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  3. Curling Scoops. Manitoba roster shuffle.
  4. "Jeff Stoughton-Charleswood Wins the 2010 Safeway Championship". Curl Manitoba. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  5. Jim Bender (December 20, 2010). "Passing on the cash doesn't pay off for Fowler". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  6. Doug Harrison (14 March 2011). "Stoughton slows Glenn Howard in Brier final". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  7. "Manitoba's Stoughton curling rink sacks longtime lead Gould". TSN Curling. 5 March 2012.
  8. Paul Wiecek (June 4, 2012). "Mark Nichols to join Stoughton curling team". Winnipeg Free Press.
  9. Jonathon Brazeau (March 16, 2018). "Carruthers, Stoughton excited for reunion at hometown Elite 10". Sportsnet.
  10. Taylor Allen (January 20, 2018). "Curling champ Stoughton works to put others on podium". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  11. 2019 Continental Cup Media Guide: Jeff Stoughton
  12. http://cloudfront7.curling.ca/2013roaroftherings-en/files/2013/12/2013ROTR_MorningRoar_Day5.pdf
  13. "CurlManitoba on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
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