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Ben Hebert
2016 World Men's Curling Championship, Canada vs. Germany, 5th April 2016 13.JPG
Brent Laing and Hebert (right) at the 2016 World Men's Curling Championship
Born March 16, 1983 (1983-03-16) (age 38)
Team
Curling club The Glencoe Club,
Calgary, AB
Skip Kevin Koe
Third B. J. Neufeld
Second John Morris
Lead Ben Hebert
Alternate Mike Caione
Career
Member Association  Saskatchewan (1998–2006)
 Alberta (2006–present)
Brier appearances 13 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)
World Championship
appearances
4 (2008, 2009, 2016, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
2 (2010, 2018)
Top CTRS ranking 1st (2006–07, 2007–08, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16)
Grand Slam victories 12 (2007 Canadian Open (Jan.), 2007 National (Mar.), 2007 Canadian Open (Dec.), 2007 Players', 2007 National (Dec.), 2010 Canadian Open, 2010 Players', 2010 National (Dec.), 2011 Players', 2014 Players', 2015 Tour Challenge, 2018 Players')

Benjamin "Ben" Hebert (born March 16, 1983) is a Canadian curler, a Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic gold medallist, 2008 World Champion and four time Brier Champion from Chestermere, Alberta.

In 2019, Hebert was named the greatest Canadian male lead in history in a TSN poll of broadcasters, reporters and top curlers.

Career

Hebert, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, played lead for Pat Simmons from 2003 to 2006, where he played in two Briers for Saskatchewan (2005 & 2006). The team finished 6-5 and 5-6 respectively. Hebert was also the 5th player on Team Canada, skipped by Steve Laycock, which won the World Junior Curling Championships in 2003.

Hebert moved to Alberta, and joined up briefly with the John Morris team. He then went with Morris later on in the year to play for Kevin Martin. With his new team, he won the Canada Cup in 2007 and finished fourth place at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier. In 2008, Hebert was a part of the Alberta team that won the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier, and a member of Team Canada that won the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship. In 2009, Hebert was again the Lead for Team Alberta that repeated as 2009 Tim Hortons Brier Champions as they went 13-0 for the second consecutive Brier, and in the process set a new Brier record with most consecutive wins at 26.

Scandal broke out in their final round robin game at the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials against the Glenn Howard rink. Howard's third, Richard Hart, accused Hebert of an illegal brushing move in the 9th end. Replays show Hebert illegally lifting his broom off the ice in a vertical direction, instead of lifting it off to the side. This tactic is sometimes made to slow down a rock by dropping debris in front of the rock. Indeed, the rock he was sweeping was heavy, and Hebert's tactic may have caused the rock to veer off course slightly. Whether or not the act was intentional was left undiscovered.

Hebert and the rest of Team Martin went on to defeat Glenn Howard in the Final of the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Team Martin went on to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal after their 6-3 defeat of Thomas Ulsrud in the finals. Team Martin then capped an amazing 2009/2010 season by winning The Players Championship with an 8-7 extra end victory over Brad Gushue. Martin's team finished 2010 at the top of the WCT Money List with $139,750 and at the top of the WCT Order of Merit. Martin and co. capped the season with a 32-game winning streak.

Hebert and Team Martin won The National in December 2010. In January 2011, Team Martin won the TSN Skins Game defeating Scotland's David Murdoch in the Final and earning $57,000 in the process. They later defeated Kevin Koe in the Alberta Provincial Final and went on to finish 4th at the 2011 Tim Horton's Brier where Hebert was named a First Team All Star at Lead. They capped the season with a win at the Players Championship. With the win, Hebert and his team won the $25,000 first-place prize, plus took home a $50,000 bonus for winning the season-long Capital One Cup points race. The rink finished the season with $125,500 in prize money, second only to Winnipeg's Mike McEwen, who collected $127,490.

Personal life

Hebert is married and has two children. He is a Business Development Manager with Caltech Surveys Ltd, primarily an oil and gas land surveying company servicing Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, and MB). His cousins DJ and Dustin Kidby are also curlers, as is his uncle Brad Hebert.

Teams

Team Martin
From left: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Hebert
Season Skip Third Second Lead Events
1998–99 Kyle George Ben Hebert Adan Veare Dustin Kidby
1999–00 Kyle George Ben Hebert Todd Montgomery Dustin Kidby
2000–01 Kyle George Ben Hebert Todd Montgomery Dustin Kidby
2001–02 Kyle George Ben Hebert Todd Montgomery Dustin Kidby 2002 CJCC
2002–03 Kyle George Ben Hebert Todd Montgomery Dustin Kidby
2003–04 Pat Simmons Jeff Sharp Chris Haichert Ben Hebert 2004 CC
2004–05 Pat Simmons Jeff Sharp Chris Haichert Ben Hebert 2005 Sask., Brier
2005–06 Pat Simmons Jeff Sharp Chris Haichert Ben Hebert 2006 Sask., Brier
2006–07 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2007 Alta., CC, Brier
2007–08 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2008 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2008–09 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2009 Alta., CC, Brier, WCC
2009–10 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2009 COCT, 2010 OG
2010–11 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2010 CC, 2011 Alta., Brier
2011–12 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2011 CC, 2012 Alta.
2012–13 Kevin Martin John Morris Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2012 CC, 2013 Alta., Brier
2013–14 Kevin Martin David Nedohin Marc Kennedy Ben Hebert 2013 COCT, 2014 Alta.
2014–15 Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Brent Laing Ben Hebert 2014 CC, 2015 Alta., Brier
2015–16 Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Brent Laing Ben Hebert 2015 CC, 2016 Alta., Brier, WCC
2016–17 Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Brent Laing Ben Hebert 2016 CC, 2017 Brier
2017–18 Kevin Koe Marc Kennedy Brent Laing Ben Hebert 2017 COCT, 2018 OG
2018–19 Kevin Koe B.J. Neufeld Colton Flasch Ben Hebert 2018 CC, 2019 Alta., Brier, WCC
2019–20 Kevin Koe B.J. Neufeld Colton Flasch Ben Hebert 2019 CC, 2020 Brier
2020–21 Kevin Koe B.J. Neufeld John Morris Ben Hebert 2021 Brier
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