The best of the best curlers in the country will be coming to Moose Jaw in just five months. The Capital One Canada Cup of Curling set the field with the top seven men’s and women’s teams in what will be a challenging and exciting tournament.
“When it comes to these events, you get to see all the teams across the country…the best of the best,” said Danielle Sicinski, host committee chair. “You get to see the provincial rivalries and see those top two teams play each other.”
The Cup is the first stop on the Season of Champions circuit and is exclusive to the country’s top 14 teams based on performance over the past year of competition.
“There is no guaranteed winner for this event,” said Sicinski. “All the teams are going to be participating could be the winners for this event.”
The pressure will be on as the teams will not only be vying for the Canada Cup honours, but also for direct entry to the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings — the Canadian Curling Trials, where two teams will earn the right to wear the coveted Team Canada jackets in the 2012 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“This event has so much on the line,” said Sicinski. “A lot of these teams go bonspieling so hard throughout the season and now with the Olympic process, this helps save them a couple weekends if they can go directly to the Roar of the Rings.”
The women’s side includes four-time Scotties winner, 2008 world champion and defending Canada Cup titlist Jennifer Jones, 2012 Scotties winner Heather Nedohin, and other major champions Sherry Middaugh, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Stefanie Lawton, Chelsea Carey and Crystal Webster.
The men’s side includes 2011 Canada Cup winner Kevin Martin, 2012 Tim Hortons Brier and Capital One World Men’s Curling champion Glenn Howard as well as other major championship winners Mike McEwen, Kevin Koe, John Epping, Jeff Stoughton and Brad Gushue.
“All the teams, it’s going to come down to the last shot of every draw and some fierce competition,” stated Sicinski. “You are going to see some amazing shots across all five sheets at Mosaic Place.”
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