Richard Hart (curler)

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.

Richard Hart
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 53)
Team
Curling clubSt. George's G&CC
Etobicoke, Toronto, ON
Career
Member Association Ontario
Brier appearances9 (1995, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017)
World Championship
appearances
1 (2007)
Top CTRS ranking1st (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)

CareerEdit

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 2009 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 lifeEdit

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]

TeamsEdit

Season Skip Third Second Lead
1992–93 Mike Harris Richard Hart Collin Mitchell George Karrys
1994–95 Mike Harris Richard Hart George Karrys
1996–97 Mike Harris Richard Hart Collin Mitchell George Karrys
1998–99 Mike Harris Richard Hart Collin Mitchell George Karrys
1999–00 Mike Harris Richard Hart Collin Mitchell George Karrys
2000–01 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Collin Mitchell Jason Mitchell
2001–02 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Collin Mitchell Jason Mitchell
2002–03 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Collin Mitchell Jason Mitchell
2003–04 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Collin Mitchell Jason Mitchell
2004–05 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2005–06 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2006–07 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2007–08 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2008–09 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2009–10 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2010–11 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Brent Laing Craig Savill
2014–15 Glenn Howard Richard Hart Jon Mead Craig Savill
2015–16 Glenn Howard Wayne Middaugh[a] Richard Hart Scott Howard
2016–17 Glenn Howard Richard Hart David Mathers Scott Howard

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2016-03-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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