Curling Grand Slam Kicks Off In Chatham

Rachel Homan delivers a stone during the 2018 Humpty's Champions Cup women's final in Calgary. Homan and her Ottawa rink will help to kick off the 2019 Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling in Chatham on 26 September 2018.Photo by Anil Mungal courtesy of Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling.

Rachel Homan delivers a stone during the 2018 Humpty’s Champions Cup women’s final in Calgary. Homan and her Ottawa rink will help to kick off the 2019 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling in Chatham on 26 September 2018.
Photo by Anil Mungal courtesy of Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.

(CHATHAM, ON) – The first event of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is rolling into Chatham as the Princess Auto Elite 10 gets underway tomorrow at the St Clair Arena on the grounds of the Thames Campus. Featuring the top rinks in the world, the Elite 10 will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW and culminate with Sunday’s finals in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

The biggest and brightest stars of the curling world include the Brad Gushue rink from St John’s, NL, Penetanguishene’s Glenn Howard, the Jennifer Jones nine-time Grand Slam champion rink from Winnipeg, and the Olympic gold medal rink from Sundbyberg, Sweden, Team Anna Hasselborg.

The round robin-style bonspiel will see each team compete in a unique match play format as they battle for a share of $200,000 in prize money plus a berth in the Humpty’s Champions Cup, to be contested at the Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon from April 23 through 28, 2019.

Men’s Rinks

  • Reid Carruthers, Winnipeg, MB
  • Niklas Edin, Karlstad, Sweden
  • John Epping, Toronto, ON
  • Jason Gunnlaugson, Morris, MB
  • Brad Gushue, St John’s NL
  • Glenn Howard, Penetanguishene, ON
  • Brad Jacobs, Sault Ste Marie, ON
  • Kevin Koe, Calgary, AB
  • Bruce Mouat, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Ross Paterson, Glasgow, Scotland

Women’s Rinks

  • Chelsea Carey, Edmonton, AB
  • Tracy Fleury, East St Paul, MB
  • Anna Hasselborg, Sundbyberg, Sweden
  • Rachel Homan, Ottawa, ON
  • Jennifer Jones, Winnipeg, MB
  • Nina Roth, Madison, WI
  • Casey Scheidegger, Lethbridge, AB
  • Jamie Sinclair, Blaine, MN
  • Silvana Tirinzoni, Aarau, Switzerland
  • Laura Walker, Edmonton, AB

The Elite 10 is the first of six bonspiels leading to the Champions Cup. Teams will compete to accumulate points according to their performance during every Grand Slam event. The team which collects the highest total of points by the end of the 2019 Players’ Championship will capture the winner’s share of the $300,000 Rogers Bonus pool. The total prize money for the Gland Slam of Curling is $2 million.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour. Each of the Grand Slam events will employ the five-rock rule which will lead to more scoring and fewer blank ends.

Opening Round September 26

  • Jones vs Carey
  • Gushue vs Gunnlaugson
  • Carruthers vs Jacobs
  • Epping vs Howard
  • Hasselborg vs Sinclair

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling

  • Masters – Truro, NS (Oct. 23-28, 2018 at Rath Eastlink Arena)
  • Tour Challenge – Thunder Bay, ON (Nov. 6-11, 2018 at Tournament Centre)
  • Boost National – Conception Bay South, NL (Dec. 11-16, 2018 at Conception Bay South Arena)
  • Meridian Canadian Open – North Battleford, SK (Jan. 8-13, 2019 at Civic Centre)
  • Players’ Championship – Toronto (April 9-14, 2019 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
  • Humpty’s Champions Cup – Saskatoon, SK (April 23-28, 2019 at Merlis Belsher Place)

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