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, inviting the world’s best curlers to complete in Canada.

Considered majors on the curling circuit, to participate, invited men’s and women’s teams must qualify according to predetermined criteria, and are awarded qualifying bonus points during each tournament, dependent upon the number of participating teams.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling reserves the right to allocate one Sponsor Exemption per division in each of the following events: Masters, National and Canadian Open. This is optional and may or may not be implemented.

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

Joined by one of curling’s greats, the addition of Kevin Martin to the Sportsnet broadcast team will add a unique experience for curling fans. Sportsnet is committed to an exceptional event experience with the Grand Slam Social House, Pinty’s Pub & Grill zone, and JR. GSOC, 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 support and 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.

The series expanded from five events to seven for the 2015-16 season. Additionally, total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events has increased to $2 million for 2016-17.

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. The five-rock rule will also be in effect for all men’s and women’s games. The rule prevents teams from eliminating stones that are sitting in the free guard zone until the sixth rock of play.

Players wear their own jerseys featuring sponsor logos and may include numbers of their choice. For example, Mike McEwen picked No. 80 because he grew up cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Cris Carter; Brad Gushue wears No. 76 for a good luck charm as his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador won the Brier in 1976.


EVENTS

Masters* (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Okotoks, AB
Venue: Pason Centennial Arena
Dates: October 25 – 30, 2016
Reigning Champions: Mike McEwen & Rachel Homan

GSOC Tour Challenge (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Cranbrook, BC
Venue: Western Financial Place & Memorial Arena
Dates: Nov. 8 – 13, 2016
Reigning Champions (Tier 1): Kevin Koe & Silvana Tirinzoni
Reigning Champions (Tier 2): Jim Cotter & Kerri Einarson

National* (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Venue: Essar Centre
Dates: Dec. 6 – 11, 2016
Reigning Champions: Brad Gushue & Rachel Homan

Canadian Open* (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: North Battleford, SK
Venue: Civic Centre
Dates: Jan. 3 – 8, 2017
Reigning Champions: John Epping & Rachel Homan

Elite 10 (Men’s Invitational)
Location: Port Hawkesbury, NS
Venue: Port Hawkesbury, NS
Dates: March 16 – 19, 2017
Reigning Champion: Brad Gushue

Players’ Championship* (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Toronto, ON
Venue: Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre
Dates: April 11 – 16, 2017
Reigning Champions: Brad Gushue & Eve Muirhead

Humpty’s Champions Cup (Men’s and Women’s Divisions)
Location: Calgary, AB
Venue: Winsport Arena at Canada Olympic Park
Dates: April 26 – May 1, 2016
Reigning Champions: Reid Carruthers & Jennifer Jones

* – Major Event

Click here for the full list of Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event winners.


ROGERS GRAND SLAM CUP

The top four men’s 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 Rogers Grand Slam Cup champions.

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


JR. GSOC & FUTURE ROCKSTARS

Click here to learn more about the JR. GSOC and Future Rockstars programs.


PINTY’S PUB & GRILL ZONE

Click here to learn more about the Pinty’s Pub & Grill zone.


SLAMMER

Slammer is the official mascot of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling. Click here to learn more.


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 fill out this form here or 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.