After winning the Ontario title and playing in the Brier all in the first career year of Kean's teamates ( Mat Camm, David Mathers and Scott Howard) have gone their separate ways.
Kean was surprised last year when his foursome of Travis Fanset, Patrick Janssen and Tim March left him to join John Eppling after a so-so year.
This year his teammates all scattered in different directions after qualifying for the Brier for the first time.
Kean knew Mathers had family ties and a love for the East Coast so his moving to P.E.I. to join Casey wasn't totally unexpected. Scott Howard getting a chance to play with father Glenn, Rich Hart and Wayne Middaugh (at second?) would be a dream come true for the Howards.
Yahoo's Eh Game columnist Don Landry announced the Howard changes cutting Jon Mead and Craig Savill here.
Mat Camm leaving to join runnerup Epping (Fanset is no longer with the Epping team) was the surprise (perhaps shock would be a better word).
All this means Kean has seen his bye back to the Ontario Tankard also disintegrate. The team is required to have three of the original four to get the spot.
Ontario exec director Steve Chenier has said the matter would be under review until entry deadline next season (on the off chance the team would get back together but that statement was made before Chenier was privy to the latest developments).
Chenier responded the bye "would default to the runner-up if he has three players from the Tankard team this year." That team was Epping, so Camm could actually be the lone member of the winning team to return directly to the provincial championship.
This is an early response and it's all an unusual situation so not holding the Ontario Curling Association to anything at this point. Once again Chenier said nothing is official.
Kean, meanwhile, now needs to build a new team. It's a late start to start building. A lot of players, who did not win the Tankard or even make it there, have already committed for next season or more. Kean, of course, never dreamed he would be in this situation.
Despite it all he's not done yet. After Mathers had announced his departure, emails had started and now snowballed. It was originally just to join the existing team but now it's building from scratch.
"There are a lot of good players in Ontario," he said.
Kean acknowledged there were differences in his strategy and what was favoured from the other three curlers who had made it to the 2011 Canadian junior final together.
A fresh start with a brand new rink might work out.
"There's no reason, I can't do it again," Kean said.
Rob Rumfeldt, who played with Adam Spencer, Brad Kidd and Jake Higgs the past season confirmed he is retiring from the Ontario Tour circuit and Tankard playdowns.
"As you know - the game requires a considerable commitment these days in order to qualify for the The Tankard, Slams or Trials," Rumfeld said via email.
"I have enjoyed the last many years (we have had a lot of fun) - but I am simply not prepared to make that commitment any longer. I still plan to curl (casually) but that is pretty much the extent of the commitment for the immediate future."
Rumfeldt did play in several Slams over the past years and qualified for the Brier in 1996 with Bob Ingram.
He also won the 1994 Ontario mixed. He has played in a total of 10 Ontario Tankards.
Congrats to Rummy on a great career.