Pat Simmons (curler)

Patrick (Pat) "Simms" Simmons[2] (born November 21, 1974 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian curler. Simmons played on the 2014 and 2015 Canadian champion rink, the latter year as skip. As a skip, he has also represented Saskatchewan in four straight Briers from 2005 to 2008 and again in 2011. He has also represented Alberta twice at the Brier.

Pat Simmons
 
BornNovember 21, 1974 (1974-11-21) (age 45)
Team
Curling clubMoose Jaw Ford CC[1]
Moose Jaw, SK
Career
Brier appearances9 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
World Championship
appearances
2 (2014, 2015)
Top CTRS ranking2nd (2013–14)
Grand Slam victories2 (Masters, 2012; Canadian Open: 2013)

Curling career

Simmons made it to his first Brier in 2005 after winning his first provincial championship. He skipped Saskatchewan to a 6-5 finish, in a four-way tie for fifth place, out of the playoffs.

In 2006 Simmons skipped Saskatchewan to a 5-6 finish at the Brier, tied for eighth place and out of the playoffs.

Simmons had a much better record in 2007, finishing 7-4, but narrowly missed the playoffs once again, finishing in fifth place.

In 2008, Simmons finally skipped Saskatchewan to a playoff spot at the Brier, finishing the round robin in second place with a 9-2 record. However, he lost in the semi-final in an extra end to Ontario, skipped by Glenn Howard.

Simmons' rink qualified for the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, but finished the round robin with a 2-5 record, in 7th place.

Simmons would return to the Brier in 2011, throwing fourth stones for Steve Laycock. The team finished with a 4-7 record.

The next season, Simmons joined the Kevin Koe rink out of Calgary, Alberta replacing Blake MacDonald. The team represented Alberta in the 2012 Brier, where they finished second. They played in the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, going 2-5. The team made won another provincial championship in 2014. At the 2014 Brier the Koe rink defeated John Morris' B.C. rink 10-5 in the final, giving Simmons his first Brier title.[3] The team finished in 4th place at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship. It was the first time Simmons represented Canada internationally.

Koe left the team in 2014; the rest of the rink decided to stick together to compete as Team Canada at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier, drafting John Morris to replace Koe as skip.

During the 2015 Brier after Morris's Team Canada started off 2-3 Morris approached Simmons with an idea that Simmons skip and Morris move to vice. The move paid off as the rink went on to win the competition.[4][5] They finished in third place (bronze medal) at the 2015 world championships in Halifax.

Personal life

Simmons is a chiropractor by trade, but currently works as the Director of High Performance for Curlsask.[6] He is married to Cindy Simmons and has two children.[7] He resides in Moose Jaw.[8]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
1991–92Scott BitzJeff TaitPat SimmonsGreg Burrows
1993–94Neil CursonsPat SimmonsRob NixonJamie Burrows
1994–95Neil CursonsPat SimmonsRob NixonJamie Burrows
1999–00Pat SimmonsScott BitzBrian McCuskerRon Pugsley
2000–01Rod MontgomeryPat SimmonsJoel JordisonScott McGrath
2001–02Rod MontgomeryPat SimmonsJoel JordisonBrock Montgomery
2002–03Pat SimmonsJoel JordisonRyan MillerNeil Cursons
2003–04Pat SimmonsJeff SharpChris HaichertBen Hebert
2004–05Pat SimmonsJeff SharpChris HaichertBen Hebert
2005–06Pat SimmonsJeff SharpChris HaichertBen Hebert
2006–07Pat SimmonsJeff SharpGerry AdamSteve Laycock
2007–08Pat SimmonsJeff SharpGerry AdamSteve Laycock
2008–09Pat SimmonsJeff SharpGerry AdamSteve Laycock
2009–10Pat SimmonsGerry AdamJeff SharpSteve Laycock
2010–11Pat SimmonsSteve LaycockBrennen JonesDallan Muyres
2011–12Kevin KoePat SimmonsCarter RycroftNolan Thiessen
2012–13Kevin KoePat SimmonsCarter RycroftNolan Thiessen
2013–14Kevin KoePat SimmonsCarter RycroftNolan Thiessen
2014–15John Morris
Pat Simmons
Pat Simmons
John Morris
Carter Rycroft
Scott Bailey
Nolan Thiessen
2015–16Pat SimmonsJohn MorrisCarter RycroftNolan Thiessen
2016–17Brendan BottcherPat SimmonsBradley ThiessenKarrick Martin
2017–18Pat SimmonsColton LottKyle Doering Robbie Gordon

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 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
Tour Challenge 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 Q QF
Masters / World Cup DNP F Q QF QF Q DNP Q QF C QF Q Q Q Q
The National DNP DNP F Q QF Q Q Q QF SF QF QF QF Q Q
Canadian Open DNP DNP DNP QF Q Q Q QF Q SF C Q Q DNP DNP
Players' Championships QF Q SF SF SF Q QF Q Q Q QF DNP DNP DNP DNP
Champions Cup N/A QF DNP DNP

References

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