Team Epping Announces Ryan Fry Joining Team for 2019-2020 Season
[TORONTO]—World-ranked curling team led by John Epping announced today that former Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Fry will join the team for the 2019-2020 season and play as the team’s third starting this fall. As a result of the move, Team Epping will part ways with veteran Craig Savill at the end of the season following the Champions Cup later this month.
“We are very excited to add Ryan Fry to our team,” said skip John Epping, a three-time Grand Slam of Curling Champion and 18-time winner on the World Curling Tour. “Ryan is one of the top curlers in the game and he’s a proven winner at all levels. He’s so focused on being the best he can be and we feel his elite shotmaking ability will make us an even better team moving forward.”
Ryan Fry is coming off a seven-year run with Team Jacobs where he helped the team win a Brier title, multiple Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold medal in 2014. Alongside Epping and Fry will be Brent Laing as lead and Mat Camm as second.
“I couldn’t be happier to join Team Epping and truly believe we will be a very tough team to beat over the next few years,” said Fry, who announced in March that he was parting ways with Team Jacobs after the completion of the 2018-2019 season. “In chatting with John, it was clear we had the same goals and a willingness to get to the top to be one of the best teams in the world.”
Team Epping is enjoying a solid season in 2018-2019 with two big wins at the Grand Slam of Curling Masters and the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Ontario. They currently sit in 3rd place on the Pinty’s Cup Standings and have two majors remaining in April with the Players’ Championship and the Champions Cup as part of the Grand Slam of Curling circuit.
“We also want to thank Craig Savill for being part of our new look team this past season,” said Epping. “He was a huge part of our big wins this year and it was an incredibly tough decision to make these changes as he was a big factor in getting our team to where we are now.”
The four-time world champion Savill stated – “I wish the team all the best moving forward. I love the game and appreciate the great support the fans have given me and my family over the last year. I look forward to what comes next for me in curling.”
The team gets underway this Tuesday at the Players’ Championship in Toronto, opening against Team Gushue at 7PM ET. You can follow Team Epping’s twitter feed for results and game notifications all week at – https://twitter.com/TeamJohnEpping
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