Ryan Fry

Ryan Bennett Fry[1] (born July 25, 1978) is a Canadian curler currently living in Toronto[2] and playing third on the John Epping team. He previously played third for Team Brad Jacobs, and the team represented Canada and won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The team also won the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier. Fry won a silver medal at the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship.

Ryan B. Fry
Born (1978-07-25) July 25, 1978
Team
Curling clubLeaside CC,
East York, Toronto, ON
SkipJohn Epping
ThirdRyan Fry
SecondMathew Camm
LeadBrent Laing
Career
Member Association Manitoba (1995-2008)
 Newfoundland and Labrador (2008-2012)
 Northern Ontario (2012-2019)
 Ontario (2019-present)
Brier appearances11 (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2013)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2014)
Top CTRS ranking1st (2013-14)
Grand Slam victories5 (2010 National (Jan.), 2015 Players', 2016 National, 2017 Champions Cup, 2018 Tour Challenge)

Career

Fry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 25, 1978.[3] Fry is a right-handed shooter and delivers "tuck" style. Fry skipped a junior men's team to the 1996 Canadian Junior Curling Championships and 1997 Canadian Junior Curling Championships representing Manitoba. Fry skipped men's teams to the 2005 and 2006 Manitoba Safeway Select (playdown to the Brier) and joined Jeff Stoughton's team playing third for the 2006–07 season.

Fry qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics with the Brad Jacobs rink after defeating the John Morris rink in the final.

Fry accompanied the Stoughton rink to the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier in Hamilton where they lost the semi-finals to Glenn Howard's Ontario rink. Fry curled 85% in the round robin (second among thirds).

Fry left the Stoughton rink in 2008 to play for Brad Gushue's team in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Fry won the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Tankards with the team, and represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Briers. Fry played with Gushue until moving to Sault Ste. Marie to play with Jacobs in 2012. Fry won his first The Dominion Northern Ontario Men's Curling Championship in 2013 with Jacobs and represented Northern Ontario at the Brier for the first time in 2013. This tied Earle Morris's record for most provinces represented at the Brier (at three; a feat which has since been duplicated by Earle's son John). Fry won the Brier with Northern Ontario and represented Canada at the 2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championship where the rink won a silver medal.

The Jacobs rink won the 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials and went on to win the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Team Jacobs with Fry still at third would lose the 2015 Brier final to Team Canada (skipped Pat Simmons), win a bronze at the 2016 Brier, and lose the bronze medal game to Mike McEwen at the 2017 Brier. The team finished off the podium at the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier, finishing fourth.

After a November 2018 incident involving "unsportsmanlike behaviour" at the Red Deer Curling Classic (where Fry was sparing on a team skipped by Jamie Koe), Fry and others on his team were barred from the event.[4] and Fry announced he was taking a leave of absence.[5] Fry missed two events on the team, but would return for the 2019 Canadian Open in January.[6] Fry along with Team Jacobs represented Northern Ontario at the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier. The team went 9-2 in the round robin and championship round combined. Jacobs lost the 1vs2 game to Kevin Koe and the semifinal to Brendan Bottcher resulting in the team getting the bronze medal. Team Jacobs announced in March 2019 that Fry is parting ways with the team after the end of the 2018-2019 curling season. Fry has been with the rink for 7 years and will be competing on Team Epping starting the 2019-20 season.[7]

The Epping team had a strong start to the 2019-20 season, winning both the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard and the 2019 AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic.[8] They had a semi-final finish at the 2019 Masters, the first Grand Slam of the season. They missed the playoffs at the 2019 Tour Challenge after going 1-3.

Personal life

Fry's father is Barry Fry, winner of the 1979 Brier, the Canadian Men's Curling Championship.[9]

Fry attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.[10] He is married to Jessica Szabo.[11][12]

References

  1. https://twitter.com/TeamJohnEpping/status/1167471713543688194
  2. 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials: Media Guide
  3. World Curling Tour Team Profiles
  4. Gillard, Troy. "Jamie Koe team kicked out of Red Deer Curling Classic | rdnewsNOW | Red Deer, Central Alberta | News, Sports, Weather, Obituaries, Real Estate". rdnewsNOW. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  5. Fry, Ryan (November 21, 2018). "I am committed to taking every step possible to ensure that something like this never happens again, and to make amends to those who have been negatively impacted. Below is my full statement". Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  6. https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/curling/ryan-fry-rejoin-team-jacobs-leave-curling-1.4963434
  7. Heroux, Devin (March 15, 2019). "Ryan Fry leaving Team Jacobs after 7 years". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. Strong, Gregory (September 16, 2019). "New-look Team Epping already finding rhythm on the ice". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  9. Bender, Jim (March 6, 2007). "Small Fry heats up: Third shines as Manitoba moves to penthouse". Sun Media. Retrieved March 12, 2009.
  10. "About Us". Team Jacobs. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  11. "Ryan Fry". Instagram. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. https://www.curling.ca/files/2019/11/2019-Home-Hardware-Canada-Cup-Media-Guide-online.pdf
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