There will be a new look to Jennifer Jones' Winnipeg based team when it opens play for the 2018-19 curling season, as Jocelyn Peterman (photo by Anil Mungal) comes on board at second.
Longtime second Jill Officer has confirmed that she will be taking a step back from competitive curling, beginning next season. Officer will remain connected to the team as she stays on as the alternate player, and we expect to see her return at next year's Scotties National Championship with Team Jones as the team would need to maintain 3 of 4 players from the lineup that won to claim the Team Canada spot.
Her place in the starting lineup, beginning next season, will be taken by Peterman, the 2012 Canadian Junior champion and a Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion playing second for Chelsea Carey in 2016.
"I've known for a while I would not play another quadrennial, so this was a decision that I've been considering for quite some time, and I finalized my decision before the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, that regardless of the outcome I was stepping back," said Officer. "I've had an absolutely amazing ride with this team, and we've shared so many wonderful experiences, on and off the ice, so it wasn't an easy decision, but at this point in time, it's the right decision."
Officer will be in the lineup as Team Jones represents Canada at the 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, March 17-25 in North Bay, Ontario.
Officer has played 23 seasons with Jones, including juniors. She joins her skip Jennifer and Colleen Jones as the only women ever to have won six Canadian women's curling championships, and also won Olympic gold with Jennifer, vice-skip Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
"Jill has been such a wonderful teammate for so many years, and her contributions to our team go well beyond what she does on the ice, " said Jones. "She's a special friend, a special teammate, so it was difficult to fill her position. But I know Jocelyn Peterman has an amazing skill-set and experience, and I expect that she will be able to fit in well."
For Peterman, the move will allow her to remain with one of the top-ranked women's teams in the world following the split of Team Carey, runner-up at this season's Canadian Olympic Trials in Ottawa.
"I'm both thrilled and humbled y this opportunity," said Peterman. "I had so many great years curling with Chelsea and learned so much with that team. I'm looking forward to learning more with Team Jones, but I know I have big shoes to fill. I have admired Jill so much as a player, and I look forward to having her with us in a supporting role and being able to draw on her knowledge and experience."