Richard Hart (curler)

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Richard Hart
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 52)
Team
Curling club St. George's G&CC
Etobicoke, Toronto, ON
Career
Member AssociationFlag of Ontario.svg  Ontario
Brier appearances9 (1995, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2007)
Top CTRS ranking 1st (2008–09)
Grand Slam victories8: World Cup/Masters (Dec 2006,
Jan 2008, Nov 2008, 2009);
The National (2002, Jan 2004);
Players (2008); Canadian Open (2009)

Richard "the Hart Surgeon" Hart (born October 14, 1968) is a Canadian curler from Pickering, Ontario. He is a Brier and world champion, as well as an Olympic silver medallist.

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Career

Hart attended his first Brier in 1995 as an alternate for Ed Werenich. It was his only major tournament experience before winning the 1997 Canadian Olympic trials as the third for the Mike Harris team. At the 1998 Winter Olympics, the team won a silver medal. He left the team in 2000, and joined up with Glenn Howard. Eventually with Howard, Hart would go to another Brier, in 2006 where they lost in the final. The following year, they won the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier and then the 2007 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. As vice with Glenn Howard he placed 2nd in the Olympic trials in Edmonton in 2010 and is a runner up for the past 3 Briers. He is nicknamed "the Hart Surgeon" for his ability to make difficult shots under pressure. He was the 2011 winner of the annual Ford Hot Shots skills and shot-making competition that precedes the start of play at the Brier.

After the 2010-11 curling season, Hart announced that he was going to retire from high-performance curling. He leaves the world of curling after spending his career playing as third under Mike Harris for ten years and under Glenn Howard for eleven years. [1]

For the 2014-15 curling season, Hart announced that he was going to return from his retirement and continue to curl for the Glenn Howard rink. [2]

Personal life

Hart works as a Principal [3] for Hart-Well Electrical Company Limited. His work and job influenced his decision to leave competitive curling the first time he retired. [1] Hart is married and has three children, including Joseph (Joey), the alternate on his 2016 Brier team. [4]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
1992–93 Mike Harris Richard Hart Collin Mitchell George Karrys
1994–95Mike HarrisRichard HartGeorge Karrys
1996–97Mike HarrisRichard HartCollin MitchellGeorge Karrys
1998–99Mike HarrisRichard HartCollin MitchellGeorge Karrys
1999–00Mike HarrisRichard HartCollin MitchellGeorge Karrys
2000–01 Glenn Howard Richard HartCollin Mitchell Jason Mitchell
2001–02Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2002–03Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2003–04Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2004–05Glenn HowardRichard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2005–06Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2006–07Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2007–08Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2008–09Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2009–10Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2010–11Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2014–15Glenn HowardRichard Hart Jon Mead Craig Savill
2015–16Glenn Howard Wayne Middaugh [lower-alpha 1] Richard Hart Scott Howard
2016–17Glenn HowardRichard Hart David Mathers Scott Howard

Notes

  1. Wayne Middaugh was injured and unable to play in the 2016 Ontario Provincial Championships and Brier. He was replaced by Adam Spencer at second, moving Hart up to third.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Exclusive: Hart Leaves Team Howard". The Curling News.
  2. "Hart Coming out of Retirement to Join Howard's Rink". TSN.
  3. 2017 Brier Media Guide: Team Ontario
  4. http://cloudfront6.curling.ca/2016brier/files/2016/03/BRIER-WED-ALL.pdf