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Throwing rocks provides nice break from number crunching for Dennis Bruce

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Crunching numbers and providing economic outlooks is part of the daily grind for Corner Brook native Dennis Bruce, but when it comes to getting a break away from it all, throwing rocks is his answer.

The Corner Brook economist, who has been curling off and on for 30 years and has also embraced the coaching side of the sport, will be gunning for another shot at the provincial senior men’s curling crown this weekend as lead for the Gary Oke foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club.

“Absolutely, to say the least, it’s a nice distraction,” Bruce said when asked about being able to share the ice with friends after a long day at the office.

Curling is a sport he dedicates a lot of time to throughout the winter. He coaches his two sons, Andrew and Daniel, in junior curling and has won a number of provincial crowns in that role, and he is a volunteer director for both the Corner Brook Curling Club and the Newfoundland and Labrador Curling Association.

“I carry the brooms,” Bruce joked when asked what his role is on the team.

All jokes aside, he is a competitive guy and takes the game seriously and wants to win like everybody else on his team.

But he wants to be loose on the ice and wants his teammates to be focused on fun no matter what the scoreboard says.

His rink won the provincial crown in 2015 and represented Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage in Edmonton, Alta.

He wants to do it again, but realizes with former Brier stars like Mark Noseworthy and Jeff Thomas in the mix, there will be a lot of skilled curlers trying to win the right to represent the province on the national stage.

“The reality is there’s going to be one winner this weekend and it’s no fun to lose, but at the same time competing is fun and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“The numbers don’t lie” is a familiar phrase he’s used and heard before.

It will be interesting to see if they add up for Bruce when the final stone is cast.

The provincial senior men’s curling championship, which will also feature host Rick Cook of the Caribou Curling Club and Melvin Bateman of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques, gets underway today at 2:30 p.m. at the Caribou Curling Club.

The Corner Brook economist, who has been curling off and on for 30 years and has also embraced the coaching side of the sport, will be gunning for another shot at the provincial senior men’s curling crown this weekend as lead for the Gary Oke foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club.

“Absolutely, to say the least, it’s a nice distraction,” Bruce said when asked about being able to share the ice with friends after a long day at the office.

Curling is a sport he dedicates a lot of time to throughout the winter. He coaches his two sons, Andrew and Daniel, in junior curling and has won a number of provincial crowns in that role, and he is a volunteer director for both the Corner Brook Curling Club and the Newfoundland and Labrador Curling Association.

“I carry the brooms,” Bruce joked when asked what his role is on the team.

All jokes aside, he is a competitive guy and takes the game seriously and wants to win like everybody else on his team.

But he wants to be loose on the ice and wants his teammates to be focused on fun no matter what the scoreboard says.

His rink won the provincial crown in 2015 and represented Newfoundland and Labrador on the national stage in Edmonton, Alta.

He wants to do it again, but realizes with former Brier stars like Mark Noseworthy and Jeff Thomas in the mix, there will be a lot of skilled curlers trying to win the right to represent the province on the national stage.

“The reality is there’s going to be one winner this weekend and it’s no fun to lose, but at the same time competing is fun and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“The numbers don’t lie” is a familiar phrase he’s used and heard before.

It will be interesting to see if they add up for Bruce when the final stone is cast.

The provincial senior men’s curling championship, which will also feature host Rick Cook of the Caribou Curling Club and Melvin Bateman of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques, gets underway today at 2:30 p.m. at the Caribou Curling Club.

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