One of curling’s most competitive events, with significant implications in deciding Canada’s 2018 Olympic curling teams, will make its first trip to Manitoba. The 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup will be staged from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at Westman Communications Group Place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man.
The 13th edition of the Home Hardware Canada Cup will feature Canada’s best men’s and women’s curling teams playing for a share of a $140,000 cash purse ($70,000 to each gender). More importantly, the winning men’s and women’s teams will qualify for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in Ottawa. The Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will decide the teams that represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Additionally, the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup champions will qualify for the 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup, Jan. 12-15 (location TBA).
“Brandon has a rich curling history, and the bid package the city put in to host the Home Hardware Canada Cup made this an easy decision,” said Hugh Avery, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “With the PyeongChang Olympics getting closer every day, the competitive environment in Brandon will be extremely intense, and curling fans will be in for a treat.”
“The City of Brandon couldn’t be more thrilled to be hosting one of Curling Canada’s premiere competitions,” said Rick Chrest, Mayor of Brandon. “Our community has a long proud history in the sport of curling and we look forward to welcoming the Home Hardware Canada Cup to Brandon.”
“Brandon First has been anticipating this day for a long time and are so excited for the opportunity to showcase all that our city has to offer as we play host to the 2016 Home Hardware Canada Cup,” said Jackie Nichol, Executive Director of Brandon First. “Brandon is known across this country for its warm hospitality and world-class facilities. Having been nearly 15 years since we have hosted a Curling Canada event, we know that this community and region will embrace this chance to put Brandon back on the map in the curling world.“
Here are the teams that we will be cheering on during the event:
Team Carruthers – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team Epping – Toronto, Ontario
Team Gushue – St. Johns, Newfoundland & Labrador
Team Jacobs – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Team Koe – Edmonton, Alberta
Team Laycock – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Team McEwen – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team Carey – Calgary, Alberta
Team Einarson – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team Fleury – Sudbury, Ontario
Team Homan – Ottawa, Ontario
Team Jones – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Team Rocque – Edmonton, Alberta
Team Sweeting – Edmonton, Alberta
Check out the Draw – Enjoy all the action! **Thursday night at 6:30 both Men’s teams and both Ladies teams from Manitoba will be playing each other!