Joel Jordison is taking a step away from high-level curling.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Joel Jordison delivers a stone at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
For now at least.
The former provincial champion from Moose Jaw has decided to focus on his career and won't take part in the World Curling Tour events for the next three years at least.
"I don't think there will be a lot of room for curling here in my future in the next few years. I'm going to focus on my career a little more," said Jordison, 36, who is a power engineer and has taken a new job at K+S Potash Canada. "It wasn't an easy choice to make, but it's an exciting opportunity to be with a new company right from the ground up."
Jordison knew the job change would be a big commitment as the K+S’s Legacy mine project gets off the ground near Bethune. It will be the first new potash mine built in the province in the past 40 years.
It won't be easy to walk away from professional curling, but Jordison is excited about this next chapter in his life.
"Just watching the Grand Slam final on TV tonight, it still makes you feel the urge to make the decisions and call shots and all of that stuff," said Jordison. "I think with this new job I'll have plenty on my plate, so I won't have to worry about (missing it) too much. I'm more excited about the job right now than I am about missing curling."
Jordison and his rink of Jason Ackerman, Brent Goeres and Curtis Horwath qualified at two spiels of the World Curling Tour this season.
"We didn't fly much this year, but we were still travelling quite a bit," said Jordison whose competitive rink curled out of the Regina Highland this year.
At the SaskTel Tankard they won three games, but lost both a B and C event semifinal and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
He was satisfied with his year after a tough 2012-13 season saw him fail to advance to the Tankard.
"Last year was quite frustrating, but this year we built off of it and placed not too badly at provincials — we were competitive. We qualified at a few of the spiels, so it wasn't too bad of a year this year," he said.
Jordison won't be leaving the ice completely.
"Our local team still plans to keep playing in the Wednesday night cash league," said Jordison. "I'm not giving it up totally. I want to still have fun with it and be out there with the guys."
Jordison played third on the Seaborn Insurance team that was skipped by Dane Roy this season. That rink won the Great Western Original 16 Super League's A final. That rink, which also features second Derek Dejaegher and lead Charlie Templeton, will continue to play locally.
Jordison won the provincial Tankard in 2009 while playing with Scott Bitz, Aryn Schmidt and Dean Hicke.
They finished with a 3–8 record at the Brier in Calgary.
Later that same year they played the Olympics pre-trials qualifier, but failed to advance to the Roar of the Rings in advance of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Jordison didn't rule out a possible return to the WCT and higher level curling in the future.
"I'm not sure. It's an open book right now. You can't predict that far in the future," said Jordison.
Jordison won provincial titles at four different levels of curling. In addition to his Tankard, he also won a junior provincial title in 1996 with Ackerman, Derek Owens and Brock Montgomery. He won a provincial juvenile championship playing third with Jeff Street in 1994 and a provincial high school title in 1996.