Drilling for oil but shooting for gold: Trinidad Drilling and curler Ben Hebert

Ben HebertOlympic gold medallist, world champion, two-time Brier winner. You’d be hard pressed to find a curling title Alberta’s Ben Hebert doesn’t have on his resume.

In last week’s post, we shared our conversation with curling skip Kevin Koe, whose team is sponsored in part by Trinidad and is representing Alberta in this week’s Brier (the Canadian championship of men’s curling).

Now, listen to our interview with Hebert, the all-star lead who joined Koe’s newly formed team last year. In this Q & A, the 31-year-old sweeping powerhouse talks about the Brier being in Calgary, winning Olympic gold in Vancouver, his connection to oil and gas and why sponsorship matters. Continue reading

Curling great Kevin Koe talks about having Trinidad on his team

Team Koe sporting the Trinidad Drilling logo on their right arms. From left to right: Kevin Koe (skip), Marc Kennedy (third), Brent Laing (second), Ben Hebert (lead).
Team Koe sporting the Trinidad Drilling logo on their right arms. From left to right: Kevin Koe (skip), Marc Kennedy (third), Brent Laing (second), Ben Hebert (lead).

Curling and drilling aren’t really that different. A curler must be able to throw a rock down a sheet of ice and have it stop on a button 30-centimetres wide. Rig crews drill through kilometres of rock and reach an area that can be the size of a kitchen table. Both feats take skill and complete accuracy.

Trinidad’s curling connection doesn’t stop with similarities in craft. We’re sponsors of Team Koe – the rink (that’s curling speak for “team”) representing Alberta and vying for the Canadian championship title at the 2015 Brier in Calgary from Feb. 28 to March 8.

To get you primed for the event, we interviewed the team’s skip, Kevin Koe. Listen in as the former world champ and two-time Brier winner talks about playing at home, the team’s goals, his connection to the oil and gas business and the importance of sponsorship. Continue reading