Calgary curler Kevin Koe is the 2016 Scott-Mamini Memorial Award winner (Male Athlete of the Year). Kevin capped off a terrific 2016 season by capturing the World Men’s Curling Championship. Kevin Koe becomes the fourth male curler to be named the Athlete of the Year. Ron Northcott in 1966 and 1968, Paul Gowsell in 1977 and Ed Lukowich in 1986 were all recipients of the Scott-Mamini Memorial Award, Cheryl Bernard captured the female Henry Viney award in 2011.
Kevin Koe is one of Canada’s curling elites. Koe along with his current teammates consisting of lead Ben Hebert, second Brent Laing and third Marc Kennedy put together an incredible run in 2016 as they dominated the curling world. Having had previous success in 2015 as Alberta champions the Koe team followed up that success with another provincial title in 2016. As representatives of Alberta they then captured the 2016 Canadian Brier against an always tough field earning themselves the right to represent Team Canada at the 2016 World Men’s Curling Championships, where they topped the world and were crowned 2016 World Champions.
At the 2016 Canadian Brier the Koe foursome went 8 and 3 in the round robin good enough to get them into the playoffs where they won three straight games to capture the 2016 title. Koe defeated Brad Gushue in the final earning the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Championships.
At the World Championships the Koe rink went 10 and 1 in the round robin. In the playoffs they beat Denmark twice including a 5-3 victory in the gold medal final. For Koe this was his second World Championship victory (first in 2010 with a different team). For Canada the Koe victory broke a four year drought at the World Men’s Championship. Koe commenting on his victories in 2016 said “It wasn’t flashy, but it was solid, and what a feeling. It’s so hard to win the Brier, so you just want to win the worlds when you get here, and it feels awesome.”
Originally from Yellowknife Koe now calls Calgary home. The 42 year old is a graduate of the University of Calgary and curls out of the Glencoe Club in Calgary. Away from the ice Koe is a landman at Respol Oil & Gas Canada, is married and has two children. He comes from a curling family as his brother Jamie has represented the Territories at the Brier and his sister Kerry has also represented the Territories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The Calgary Booster Club congratulates Male Athlete of the Year Kevin Koe for a tremendous year of accomplishments and his first Scott-Mamini Memorial Award.