Although one of them will be wearing the Canadian flag on their jackets, both Newfoundland and Labrador teams are itching to get out of their hotel rooms onto the ice at the Tim Hortons Brier 2021

Brad Gushue and Company will represent Team Canada while Greg Smith and Team Newfoundland and Labrador will represent Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the fanless Brier Bubble in Calgary when the game kicks off tonight

Gushue says that if they ripple the arena will be terribly calm. They are also at the Brier without their families supporting them – which they’ve always had in every Brier so far

Smith says it’s very different with no fans and no events. He says they go to the rink and back to the hotel and that’s it

Gushue says it has been a challenge to get into the mindset with so much uncertainty about whether the tournament would even take place, but with lots of safety measures, he says they are lucky enough to be there and have the opportunity to play to get

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Both agree the bubble experience has been good so far, but separating from teammates before games was a challenge, Smith says they resorted to team zoom meetings in preparation for

Gushue and Smith will compete against each other at 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Nov. March Smith hopes the game means a little more to them than the last time they went head to toe at the Brier, but he’s looking forward to the challenge

Gushue is chasing her fourth brier in five years and says the key is off to a great start

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