Karrick Martin

Karrick Martin (born May 24, 1989 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian curler. He currently plays lead for Team Brendan Bottcher on the World Curling Tour. He is the son of 2010 Olympic champion skip Kevin Martin.[1]

Karrick Martin
Born (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Team
Curling clubSaville Community SC,
Edmonton, AB
SkipBrendan Bottcher
ThirdDarren Moulding
SecondBrad Thiessen
LeadKarrick Martin
Career
Brier appearances3 (2017, 2018, 2019)
Top CTRS ranking2nd (2018–19)
Grand Slam victories3 (2019 Canadian Open, 2019 Players', 2019 Champions Cup)

Youth career

Despite being the son of one of curling's greatest players, Martin only began curling at age 19[2], after playing hockey in high school for the Beaumont Chiefs.[3] He joined the University of Alberta curling team and played in the 2008 CIS/CCA Curling Championships, throwing second stones for the team, which was skipped by Brandon Klassen. There, the team went 3-3 in their group, before losing in a tiebreaker.

Martin returned to the national university championship in 2010 throwing third on a team skipped by Eric Richard. There, the team went 4-2 in their group, and lost in a tiebreaker.

The team would then be taken over by Brendan Bottcher, and Martin would be bumped to playing second again. The team played at the 2011 CIS/CCA Curling Championships, finishing with a 5-2 round robin record. The team then lost in the semifinal, claiming a bronze medal. The team returned to nationals in 2012, with Martin throwing lead stones. They went 6-1 after the round robin, and then won the gold medal game, defeating Waterloo in the final.

The team represented Canada at the 2013 Winter Universiade. The team went 7-2 after the round robin, but lost to Great Britain in the semifinal. However, they rebounded to win the bronze medal game against Norway.

Men's career

In 2013, Martin was chosen to be the alternate for his father's team at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier, representing Alberta. He would get to play in two games. The team would finish 5th.

After university, Martin continued to play for the Bottcher rink. With Bottcher, Martin has won six World Curling Tour events as a member of the team. They won the 2012 Red Deer Curling Classic, the 2013 Spruce Grove Cashspiel, the 2014 HDF Insurance Shoot-Out, the 2015 German Masters, the 2017 Medicine Hat Charity Classic, and the 2017 Red Deer Curling Classic, They played in their first Grand Slam of Curling event at the 2013 Canadian Open of Curling, where they won just one game. Later that season, they played in the 2014 Syncrude National, where they again won just one game. In the 2014-15 season, the team played in three Slams, making it to the semifinals in all three, the 2014 The National (November), the 2014 Canadian Open of Curling and the 2015 Players' Championship. The next season, they played in four Slams, making it to the quarterfinals in two (the 2015 GSOC Tour Challenge and the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open). In the 2016-17 season, they again made it to the quarterfinals at the 2017 Meridian Canadian Open.

The rink played in their first Boston Pizza Cup, the Alberta men's curling championship in 2013, where they won just one game. In 2014, they again won just one game. They found more success in 2015, making it all the way to the final before losing to Kevin Koe. In 2016, they made it to the semifinal where they lost to Koe. With Koe winning the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier and representing Team Canada as defending champions at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier, the way was paved for the Bottcher rink to win the 2017 Boston Pizza Cup. The team did just this, going undefeated en route to their first provincial championship. The team would go on to represent Alberta at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier. At the Brier, the team finished with a 3-8 record, missing the playoffs.

The team qualified for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials by winning the B event at the Home Hardware Pre-Trials.

Team Bottcher qualified as Team Alberta for the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, held from March 3 to 11, 2018 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. The team had n 6-1 round robin record, and had to fight through the 3 vs. 4 game beating Brad Jacobs (Northern Ontario) and John Epping (Ontario) in the semifinals in the playoffs to make it to the final, where they would lose to Brad Gushue of Team Canada 6 to 4. [4]

2018 Team Bottcher won the Canad Inns Men’s Classic beating Team Koe in the finals with a score of 7-5. The team came in second to Brad Jacobs losing in the finals at the Grand Slam of Curling 2018 Tour Challenge.

In 2019 he would win his 1st Grand Slam of Curling titles at the Meridian Canadian Open with an 6-3 win over Team Epping, in April The Players Championship with a 6-1 win over Team Koe and again in the Champions Cup with another 6-5 win over Team Koe. Earlier in the year. Team Bottcher would win the 2019 Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game, the team winning $54,500.

At the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier (held from March 2 to 10 at Westoba Place in Brandon, Manitoba), Team Bottcher played their way into the main draw by winning the wildcard game over Team Epping (Ontario) and then went 8-3 in the round-robin, making the playoffs for the second straight year. The team was 8 - 3 in the Championship Pool. Beating Brad Gushue (Team Canada) and then Team Jacobs (Northern Ontario) in the semifinals in the playoffs to make it to the final for the second straight year. In the finals, Team Wildcard 4–3 was defeated by Kevin Koe of Team Alberta.

Team Bottcher began their 2019–20 season at the 2019 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic where they lost the tiebreaker to Yannick Schwaller. In Grand Slam play, they had a quarterfinal finish at the Masters and a semi-final finish at the Tour Challenge.

Personal life

Martin is employed as an event and labour supervisor for the Government of Alberta. He is married to Brittany Martin and has one child.[5]

References

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