The foursome of Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden began playing together in the 2012-13 season and enjoyed immediate success, winning the first Brier title for Northern Ontario since 1985 and adding a world championship silver medal.
Jacobs had made his first appearance at the Brier in 2007 when he was just 21. In 2008 he attended the Brier as the fifth on a team skipped by Eric Harnden, which also included his sons E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden, who are Jacobs’ cousins. In 2009 Jacobs took over the skipping duties with E.J. at third and Ryan at second. The trio competed at the Brier in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2010, with Caleb Flaxey at lead, they had finished second in the round robin at the Brier, becoming the first team from Northern Ontario to qualify for the playoffs since 1993, and won the bronze medal. In April 2012, the team brought on Ryan Fry as the new third, shifting E.J. Harnden to second to Ryan Harnden to lead, after Fry had left Brad Gushue’s Newfoundland-based team.
Despite their national and international success, Team Jacobs was not directly qualified to the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials. They had to go through the Road to the Roar pre-trials bonspiel, from which they were the very last qualifiers for the trials. The team went on to post a perfect 7-0 record in round robin play at the Roar of the Rings, giving them a bye to the final where they beat Team John Morris 7-4.
Father Eric Harnden has always been his idol and he grew up watching his dad compete… Younger brother Ryan is also a member of Team Brad Jacobs… Started curling at age eight when he was introduced to it by his father… Nickname: Edge… Enjoys lifting weights, watching movies and listening to music… In the off-season enjoys golfing, camping and travelling… Brand Manager for INSTANT Games, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation… Earned his B.B.A. with a specialization in marketing from Algoma University… Favourite Olympic memory is Sidney Crosby’s gold medal-winning goal at Vancouver 2010… Has always loved all sports and dreamed of competing at the Olympic Games to be a part of history… Favourite quotes: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful” – Eric Thomas; and “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” – Michaelangelo…