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.
Older brother E.J. Harnden is also a member of Team Brad Jacobs… Started curling at age four… Works as a real estate appraiser… Earned his Bachelor of Arts in geography from Algoma University and his business diploma from Soo College… Nickname: Harns… Enjoys camping, training in the gym and travelling… Plays in an annual celebrity summer bonspiel in support of the SickKids Foundation… Has a pre-game mix of Red Bull and Gatorade called the “blue lagoon”… Began believing in his Olympic dream when the team started having success against other top teams…