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Gushue to play in hometown Brier

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Brad Gushue will get to play in a Tim Hortons Brier in his hometown for the first time.

Gushue's team from St. John's, N.L. captured its provincial title Saturday night to earn a spot in the Canadian men's championship, which will be held in St. John's for the first time since 1972.

Gushue capped his undefeated run at the provincial tournament with a 6-2 win over Adam Boland and will open the Brier against Alberta on March 4.

Alberta will hold its provincial championship next month.

Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold-medallist, was playing in just his third tournament of the season after missing the opening three months due to a hip injury.

The 36-year-old has never won a Brier.

Gushue joins Jean-Michel Menard (Quebec), Jamie Murray (N.S.), Eddie MacKenzie (P.E.I.), Jamie Koe (Northwest Territories), Craig Kochan (Yukon), and Jim Nix (Nunavut) as the other skips who have won their respective provincial titles.

Calgary's Kevin Koe will return as Team Canada's skip.

B.C., Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northern Ontario, and Alberta all begin their championships Feb. 8.

Saskatchewan will start its on Wednesday while Ontario's began Sunday.

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