Catlin Schneider helped Team Dunstone to its best-ever season in 2019-2020, but the second was relieved of his duties on the weekend.
“The whole process of how it works in curling absolutely sucks,” said skip Matt Dunstone, who had a tough conversation with Schneider. “You don’t have the general manager who is built for that sort of thing. It’s a very terrible process, to say the least, not fun on any front. You spend two years with that person and make some great memories and win some big games and create a lifetime bond.”
Team Dunstone has chosen a replacement, news it will announce later this week on social media channels.
“It is without a doubt shocking, but I wish them the best and I look forward to a new, fresh start,” Schneider told Claire Hannah of CTV Regina.
The Saskatchewan champions, with a skip from Winnipeg who lives in Kamloops, placed third at the Tim Hortons Brier last month in Kingston and won its first Grand Slam title at the Masters in October in North Bay, Ont.
“With the Olympics two years out now, and we’re halfway through that cycle, a pretty good opportunity came our way to improve our squad and we feel like we’re doing so with who is coming in,” Dunstone said. “They are a very experienced player, the mannerisms, the vibe they bring out on the ice and just their overall shotmaking ability, not only in games, but big games, are some of the traits that attracted us to this person.”
The rink, based out of Highland Curling Club in Regina, also includes third Braeden Moskowy and lead Dustin Kidby, both Reginians.
Overall curling percentages at the Brier: Dunstone (87 per cent), Moskowy (84 per cent), Schneider (85 per cent) and Kidby (90 per cent).
“At the end of the day, the goal is to not only win the Olympic trials, but win the Olympics,” Dunstone said. “He’s [Schneider] a really talented player and he’s going to get back on his feet and he’s going to find himself on a really good team. We wish nothing but the best for him moving forward.”