About the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling

Owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an annual series comprised of seven curling tournaments featuring the top-ranked curling teams in the world. Total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events increased to $2 million for 2016-17.

Considered majors on the circuit, invited men’s and women’s teams must qualify according to predetermined criteria. See each event’s qualification page for more information. The series started in 2001-02 and consisted of four events: the Canadian Open, Masters, National and Players’ Championship. A women’s division was added to the Players’ Championship in 2006.

Since 2012, Sportsnet has added women’s divisions to the other three majors as well as created three additional events: the Elite 10 men’s invitational featuring match play, the Tour Challenge with two tiers and a total of 60 teams, and the Champions Cup closing out the season with all of the top winners on tour.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling reserves the right to allocate one men’s and one women’s sponsor’s exemption spot in each of the following events: Masters, National and Canadian Open. This is optional and may or may not be implemented.

With incredible in-venue branding opportunities as well as within Sportsnet’s broadcast, these events promise great exposure for host communities and local sponsors alike.

Sportsnet is committed to an exceptional event experience with the Grand Slam Social House, Pinty’s Pub & Grill zone, JR. GSOC and Future Rockstars all in an effort to grow the sport of curling in Canada and support the clubs and communities that make the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events a success.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is also proud to give back to the communities that host our events; the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask., helped raise $5,000 towards the community’s campaign for a new CT scanner.

All Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling games are played to eight ends. Each team has 33 minutes of “thinking time” plus two one-minute timeouts. If the score is tied after eight ends, an extra end will be played. A draw-to-the-button shootout is used to determine which team starts round-robin games with the hammer. These shootout scores are also used in the event of tiebreakers.


EVENTS

Tour Challenge (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Regina, SK
Venue: The Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place
Dates: Sept. 5-10, 2017

*Masters (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Lloydminster, SK
Venue: Centennial Civic Centre
Dates: Oct. 24-29, 2017

*National (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Venue: Essar Centre
Dates: Nov. 14-19, 2017

*Canadian Open (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Camrose, AB
Venue: Encana Arena
Dates: Jan. 16-21, 2018

Elite 10 (Men’s Invitational)
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Venue: St. James Civic Centre
Dates: March 15-18, 2018

*Players’ Championship (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Toronto, ON
Venue: Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre
Dates: April 10-15, 2018

Champions Cup (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Calgary, AB
Venue: WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park
Dates: April 24-29, 2018

* – Major Event


BONUS CUP

The top four men’s teams and top four women’s teams with the most points over the course of the season following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship receive bonus prize money while the overall series winners are declared the Bonus Cup champions.

Team Edin (men’s) and Team Sweeting (women’s) were crowned the 2016-17 Bonus Cup champions.

Click here for more information on the Bonus Cup including the current standings, the points breakdown and a list of past champions.


FIVE-ROCK RULE

All men’s and women’s games in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling are played utilizing the five-rock rule.

Teams must wait until five rocks have been played before they can eliminate rocks that are sitting in the free-guard zone (outside the house from the tee line to the near hog line). The five-rock rule is designed to generate more offence with an extra guard in play.


PRE-GAME DRAW-TO-THE-BUTTON SHOOTOUT

Each player on the team will execute the pre-game draw-to-the-button shootout once during the four-game round-robin. All of the pre-game draws will count towards a team total. The total distance of the four shootouts will be used to rank the teams that have completed the round-robin with the same record. Should a team register all zeros for the four draws, an extra draw must be executed by the player who delivered the draw in the last round-robin game without sweepers.


PINTY’S PUB & GRILL ZONE

The Pinty’s Pub & Grill Zone is the best seat in the house to watch the action up close right at ice level. No extra admission is required. Click here to learn more about the Pinty’s Pub & Grill Zone.


JR. GSOC & FUTURE ROCKSTARS

The Junior Grand Slam of Curling and Future Rockstars programs were founded in 2012 and give young curlers the chance to play on world-class arena ice during Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events and learn tips of the trade from the stars.

Reid Carruthers, Niklas Edin, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker, Eve Muirhead, Laura Crocker, Jocelyn Peterman and others have helped out with these programs by sharing their vast knowledge of the game and providing memorable experiences for young curlers as they continue their journey in the sport.

The JR. Grand Slam of Curling features four local junior teams participating in a clinic and game with an elite curler assigned to coach each team. Future Rockstars is an hour of open ice for all of the Little Rocks and juniors within the community to come out, enjoy the game, and meet some of their favourite curlers.

Sportsnet and the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling are committed to investing in the future of curling and giving back to the communities the series visits. The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling also makes a donation to the junior curling clubs within the community for having their teams participate.


CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Kristi Petrushchak at kristi.petrushchak@sportsnet.rogers.com.


MEDIA ACCREDITATION

For media accreditation, please contact Meghann Cox, Sportsnet communications coordinator, at meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com.


ADVERTISING & SPONSORSHIP

The Grand Slam of Curling offers a wide range of partnership opportunities. For more information on advertising and sponsorship, please contact:
Rob DePodesta (Manager, Integrated Sports Sales) at Rob.DePodesta@rci.rogers.com.