From hometown team to national heros, Team Jacobs' trajectory has soared steadily skyward over the last several weeks as the boys first captured the 2013 Tim Horton's Brier title in early March, then brought home silver at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship on April 7.
To a standing ovation, Mayor Debbie Amaroso presented Team Jacobs - skip Brad Jacobs, lead Ryan Harnden, second E.J. Harnden, third Ryan Fry, and coach Tom Colterman - with the Key to the City during a reception at the Essar Centre on Tuesday night.
"Even though we lost that world final, and it hurt, we checked our cell phones after the game and every single message we got was positive," Jacobs said as he addressed the crowd of 1,000. "That says a lot about where we come from."
"We're all a little cloudy right now," he continued. "[The last four weeks] have seriously been a massive blur. It's been like one long curling game of just stress. But we wouldn't trade it for the world."
"This team is really a perfect example of if you choose to go after something, and you work your butt off your entire life, I think that dreams do come true and we're living proof of that. We're proud of that," Jacobs said before thanking the audience and the city as a whole for their support.
During her opening address, Mayor Amaroso read letters of pride and congratulations from other Northern Ontario communities, including Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
"I could not be prouder to be Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie with these young men sitting behind me," she beamed.
"It's not just Sault Ste. Marie they did proud, it's the entire Northern Ontario and all of our country because Canada was so solidly behind them in Victoria."
The celebration also included addresses from MP Bryan Hayes (who proudly attended the final match in Victoria and will be framing his tickets) which included a letter of congratulations from Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Cindy Ellen Crawford on behalf of MPP David Orazietti, who presented the Jacobs Rink with a plaque recognizing the team's silver medal finish; and Soo Curlers Association President Peter Zultek.
Following the formalities, the young lads received the rock star treatment as hundreds lined up for autographs and photos with our team - Team Canada, Team Northern Ontario, Team Jacobs.
Proud to be a Northern Ontarian and this team put the Soo back on the map. "Sault Ste. Marie, Home of Team Canada", you gentlemen have alot to be proud of.I also have to give koodo's to TSN announcer Vic, he sure made it knowen that Team Canada was from Sault Ste. Marie and curled out of the Sault Curlers Assc.
National Heros Donna? Really? Canada has won 10 of the last 12 World Championships. Even had they won, no one gives a shit throughout the rest of Canada! I bet you couldn't name two rinks that won the Worlds from Canada and are they "national Heros"? I mean come on, what the did was great, no question, but you really need to watch how you say things.
There are a lot of people who think this "rink" is arrogant, immature and spoiled. Just not nice guys. It's just like when people die, he could be the biggest asshole on earth, but he dies and now it's "god rest his soul." You either win, or no one remembers. It's the way the world works.
Go to hell Terry H! Get a life and stop commenting on everything. OMG u just love to bash anything and everything. No one asked u for ur opinion and finally we have something positive to celebrate in this city and u have to find some way to bash it! Ur a joke! Way to go team Jacobs! U guys rocked it!
Terry, I know the Harnden family and they are all very humble working class people. The curlers dad and grandfather were all sports minded folk's. What you said, or said you heard about the Brier winners is ridiculously foolish. Even though I am not a big curling fan, I watched team Canada with great interest. They have done the city proud, whether one likes the sport or not.
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