Reid Carruthers

Reid Carruthers (born December 30, 1984) is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Carruthers was the 2011 world champion winning gold as a second on Jeff Stoughton's team. He is a six-time provincial champion, a former junior provincial champion in 2003 and a Manitoba provincial mixed champion in 2008.[2] Carruthers currently skips a Winnipeg-based rink on the World Curling Tour.

Reid Carruthers
Carruthers in 2018.
Born (1984-12-30) December 30, 1984
Team
Curling clubWest St. Paul CC,[1]
West St. Paul, MB
SkipMike McEwen
ThirdReid Carruthers
SecondDerek Samagalski
LeadColin Hodgson
AlternateMatt Wozniak
Career
Brier appearances7 (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2011)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2017)
Top CTRS ranking1st (2012-13)
Grand Slam victories2: The National (2013); Champions Cup (2016)

Career

Carruthers was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a junior curler, Carruthers skipped Manitoba at the 2003 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. He would lead the team to a 4-8 round robin record.

After juniors, he skipped a team with Jason Gunnlaugson, Derek Samagalski and Tyler Forrest to a provincial final against Jeff Stoughton in 2006.[3] In 2008 he would play in his first Brier, playing as the alternate for the Kerry Burtnyk rink, finishing in 5th place.

Carruthers would join the Stoughton rink as his second, in 2010. Carruthers won his first Manitoba provincial title playing for Stoughton at the 2011 Safeway Championship.[4] Carruthers went on to win his first Tim Hortons Brier at the 2011 event in London. The Stoughton team defeated the Glenn Howard team 8 - 6 in the final.[5] The team went on to represent Canada at the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship, which they would eventually win after only losing one game throughout the competition.[6] Carruthers would win two more provincial championships with Stoughton, in 2013 (making the Brier final that year but losing to Brad Jacobs) and 2014 (finishing third at the Brier).

In 2014, the Stoughton rink went its separate ways, with Jeff soon retiring, and Carruthers would form his own team with Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson. The team would go on to win the 2015 Safeway Championship, earning the right to represent Manitoba at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier. At the Brier, Carruthers led his team to a disappointing 4-7 finish.

Gaining confidence as a top skip after his 2015 Brier appearance, and his years of success as a very young front end player for Stoughton, Reid would have an excellent Grand Slam season in 2015-2016 reaching 3 finals, reaching the quarters or better in 6 of 7 Grand Slam events, and winning his first Grand Slam event at the Champions Cup by defeating John Epping of Ontario in the final. He would however be unable to defend his Manitoba title in 2016, losing in the semi finals. In 2017 he would advance to the final by defeating arch Manitoba rival Mike McEwen in the 1-2, but in a finals rematch would lose 8-7, losing out on a return to the Brier. That season, he had another strong season, with a final, semi final, and quarter final in his first 4 Grand Slam events of the year. That season Carruthers would also win the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling.

Carruthers played in the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, leading his team to a 4-4 record, missing the playoffs. Carruthers would finally win another Manitoba championship in 2018, defeating a chicken-pox ridden Mike McEwen in the final. At the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, the team missed the playoffs, going 5-6. After the Brier, Moskowy left the team and was replaced by spares for the remainder of the season. In March 2018, it was announced McEwen would be joining the rink for the 2018-19 curling season, and will throw last rocks with Carruthers throwing third and skipping.[7]

Personal life

Carruthers is a substitute teacher with the Louis Riel School Division.[8] He attended Glenlawn Collegiate, the University of Winnipeg and Red River College. He is married.[9]

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 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Elite 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A QF F SF Q F N/A
Masters Q QF DNP F QF QF SF DNP QF SF QF Q Q
Tour Challenge N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A QF QF Q Q QF
The National Q DNP DNP F QF C Q QF F F QF Q QF
Canadian Open DNP Q Q SF F QF SF QF SF Q QF Q
Players' Q DNP Q QF Q SF Q Q Q QF Q Q
Champions Cup N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A C DNP Q Q

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
2005–06Reid CarruthersJason GunnlaugsonDerek SamagalskiTyler Forrest
2006–07Reid CarruthersJason GunnlaugsonJustin RichterTyler Forrest
2007–08Reid CarruthersJason GunnlaugsonJustin RichterTyler Forrest
2008–09Reid CarruthersDan KammerlockDerek SamagalskiShane Kilgallen
2009–10Reid CarruthersChris GalbraithDerek SamagalskiShane Kilgallen
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
2014–15Reid CarruthersBraeden MoskowyDerek SamagalskiColin Hodgson
2015–16Reid CarruthersBraeden MoskowyDerek SamagalskiColin Hodgson
2016–17Reid CarruthersBraeden MoskowyDerek SamagalskiColin Hodgson
2017–18Reid CarruthersBraeden MoskowyDerek SamagalskiColin Hodgson
2018–19Mike McEwen (fourth)Reid Carruthers (skip)Derek SamagalskiColin Hodgson
2019–20Mike McEwenReid CarruthersDerek SamagalskiColin Hodgson

References

  1. http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/2373/teams/12378/team_athletes/12378-lead-9727
  2. "Reid Carruthers". Grand Slam of Curling. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  3. "Reid Carruthers". World Curling Tour. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  4. Paul Wiecek (14 February 2011). "Hoping to party like it's 1999". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  5. Doug Harrison (14 March 2011). "Stoughton slows Glenn Howard in Brier final". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  6. Donna Spencer (10 April 2011). "Canada's Stoughton beats Scotland to win men's world curling championship". Winnipeg Free Press.
  7. https://www.sportsnet.ca/curling/curling-frienemies-carruthers-mcewen-teaming-next-season/
  8. http://cloudfront7.curling.ca/2013roaroftherings-en/files/2013/12/2013ROTR_MorningRoar_Day5.pdf
  9. 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Media Guide
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