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, N.L. — Calgary’s John Morris edged Edmonton’s Kevin Martin 7-6 in an extra end to win the Players’ Championship at Mile One Stadium.

It’s the first Grand Slam of Curling title for the new team of Morris, third Kevin Koe, second Marc Kennedy and lead Paul Moffatt. The 25-year-old Morris, who earned $40,000, became the youngest skip to win a Grand Slam of Curling title.

Morris finished runner-up to Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton at the event last year with his former Stayner, Ont., squad before moving west.

Martin opened with the hammer and led 4-3 after seven until Morris jumped ahead with a three-ender in the eighth. The 2002 Olympic silver medallist Martin scored a deuce in the 10th to force the extra frame.

Hometown favourite Brad Gushue, who earned an automatic exemption, fell 5-0 in a tiebreaker to Guy Hemmings.

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