WOLFVILLE - The Nova Scotian teams at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships this month won't be the only Nova Scotians playing in the tournament.
Nick den Hartog
Nicolas den Hartog of Wolfville and his curling team, the Felix Asselin rink, won the Quebec Junior Men's Curling Championship recently in Montreal.
They went 8-0 to win the championship and will be playing in the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Stratford, Ontario Jan. 23-31.
In the first game at the nationals, they will face off against the Matt Manuel rink from Nova Scotia.
den Hartog plays third and is currently in his third year of an engineering degree at McGill University in Montreal.
“We joined together this season with the intent to win provincials and represent Quebec, which we accomplished and are now preparing to do,” he said.
He started curling at age nine, so this is his 12th season playing the sport. He curled out of Glooscap, Wolfville and Windsor curling clubs while in Nova Scotia.
In 2009, he was a Nova Scotia Youthspiel Champion with the MacCormack team out of Windsor. In 2011 and 2012, his team captured third and fourth place finishes in the Under-21 Nova Scotia Provincial Championships.
Since heading to school in Quebec, den Hartog was a U21 Quebec Bronze Medalist last year. This season, with Asselin as skip, the team has picked up four tournament wins and one runner-up finish.
Overall, the team has a season record of 27 wins and two losses.
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Entering nationals, den Hartog’s team is seeded fourth. The team's goal is to make the semifinal, which will be aired on TSN on Jan. 30.