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Morris skips game he loves

John Morris is stepping away from the sport of curling.

Morris curled this past season with John Cotter out of Vernon after leaving perennial Alberta powerhouse Kevin Martin at the end of last season.

The combination of Morris at skip and Cotter throwing last stones, was strong all season long.

They finished second, to eventual Olympic champion Brad Jacobs, at the Olympic Trials and to Kevin Koe at the Brier.

"I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together," stated Morris on the team's Facebook page Wednesday morning.

Morris also thanked coach Pat Ryan and alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson.

"I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and heart for the game of curling and for having one of the most memorable years in my career.

Thank you to all our true fans, friends, sponsors and to all of our families for being there every inch of the way and showing us the support we needed to almost make the improbable happen."

Morris says he is taking time off to pursue an educational opportunity and secure a career in the fire service.

He did, however, leave the door open for a return to the team if conditions warrant it.

"If our team happens to be awarded the default Team Canada berth at the Brier next year then I will consider coming back to play a light schedule."

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