John Morris, Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy and Paul Moffatt celebrate with the winning cheque at the 2004 Players' Championship in St. John's, N.L.

Morris edges Martin to win 2004 Players’ Championship

April 4, 2004, 8:00 PM

ST. JOHN’S — Calgary’s John Morris edged Edmonton’s Kevin Martin 7-6 in the extra end to win the 2004 Players’ Championship.

It’s the first Grand Slam of Curling title for the rink of Morris, Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy and Paul Moffatt.

Morris trailed 2-1 before scoring two in the sixth end to lead 3-2. Martin replied with a deuce to regain the lead 4-3. Morris counted three in the eighth to lead 6-4 and Martin tied it up with another pair in the 10th to send it into the extra frame.

Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton finished the round robin with a perfect 5-0 record and crushed local favourite Mark Noseworthy 9-1 in the quarterfinals but fell short 7-6 to Morris in the semis. Stoughton defeated Brad Heidt, from Kerrobert, Sask., 6-4 in the third place match.

Morris fell to Stoughton in last year’s Players’ Championship final with his Stayner, Ont., rink and moved west during this past summer.