2017 Meridian Canadian Open: Men’s Teams

MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


TEAM BALSDON
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
balsdon
Greg
Balsdon
beuk
Jonathan
Beuk
staples
David
Staples
chadwick
Scott
Chadwick

KINGSTON, ON | Balsdon won the Ontario Tankard in 2014 to represent the province at the Brier. The team clinched a spot in the Meridian Canadian Open by winning the Tour Challenge Tier 2 in November.


TEAM BOTTCHER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Brendan Bottcher
Brendan
Bottcher
moulding
Darren
Moulding
Bradley Thiessen
Bradley
Thiessen
Karrick Martin
Karrick
Martin

EDMONTON, AB | Bottcher has represented Canada twice on the global stage winning gold at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships and bronze at the 2013 Winter Universiade.


TEAM CARRUTHERS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Carruthers
Reid
Carruthers
Moskowy
Braeden
Moskowy
Samagalski
Derek
Samagalski
Hodgson
Colin
Hodgson

WINNIPEG, MB | The team had a December to remember winning the Canada Cup to clinch an Olympic Trials spot and finished runner-up at the Boost National. Carruthers captured his first Pinty’s GSOC title as a skip last at the Humpty’s Champions Cup.


TEAM EDIN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Edin
Niklas
Edin
Eriksson
Oskar
Eriksson
Wrana
Rasmus
Wrana
Sundgren
Christoffer
Sundgren

KARLSTAD, SWE | Team Edin became the first non-Canadian men’s rink to win a Grand Slam title at the WFG Masters and followed that up by making it back-to-back wins capturing the Tour Challenge. Wrana joined the team this year winning Pinty’s GSOC titles in his first two appearances.


TEAM EPPING
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Epping
John
Epping
Camm
Mat
Camm
Janssen
Patrick
Janssen
March
Tim
March

TORONTO, ON | Epping is the defending champion captured the Canadian Open last season for his third career Pinty’s GSOC title. Epping threw 100 percent in the final against Team Gushue.


TEAM GUSHUE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
gushue
Brad
Gushue
Mark Nichols
Mark
Nichols
Brett Gallant
Brett
Gallant
Geoff Walker
Geoff
Walker

ST. JOHN’S, NL | Team Gushue captured three Pinty’s GSOC titles and the Rogers Grand Slam Cup last season. Gushue made his season debut at the Boost National after missing eight events to start the year.


TEAM JACOBS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
jacobs
Brad
Jacobs
fry
Ryan
Fry
ej
E.J.
Harnden
ryan
Ryan
Harnden

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | Jacobs is fresh off of winning his second career Grand Slam title at the Boost National in his hometown. They are the reigning Olympic champs winning gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


TEAM KOE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Koe
Kevin
Koe
Kennedy
Marc
Kennedy
Laing
Brent
Laing
Hebert
Ben
Hebert

CALGARY, AB | The reigning world champions have earned a combined 40 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles. They won their first all together at the inaugural Tour Challenge event last season.


TEAM KORTE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
korte
Bruce
Korte
kevin marsh
Kevin
Marsh
daniel marsh
Daniel
Marsh
lang
Matt
Lang

SASKATOON, SK | Korte is one of the “Original 18″ skips in the Pinty’s GSOC and played in the inaugural Canadian Open in 2001. The team received a sponsor’s exemption spot to play in this event.


TEAM LAYCOCK
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Laycock
Steve
Laycock
Kirk
Kirk
Muyres
Flasch
Colton
Flasch
Dallan
Dallan
Muyres

SASKATOON, SK | Laycock captured his third consecutive Saskatchewan provincial title last season. The team’s best Pinty’s GSOC result together came on home Saskatchewan ice at the 2014 Canadian Open where they finished runner-up.


TEAM MCCORMICK
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
mccormick
Heath
McCormick
plys
Christopher
Plys
dropkin
Korey
Dropkin
howell
Thomas
Howell

BLAINE, USA | McCormick has had a strong tour season winning four titles. Dropkin and Howell earned silver at the world junior curling championships last season.


TEAM MCEWEN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
mcewen
Mike
McEwen
BJ
B.J.
Neufeld
Wozniak
Matt
Wozniak
Denni
Denni
Neufeld

WINNIPEG, MB | Team McEwen has won six Pinty’s GSOC titles since 2010. McEwen captured the Manitoba Viterra Championship last season to represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier for the first time in his career.


TEAM MORRIS
FOURTH SKIP SECOND LEAD
Cotter
Jim
Cotter
Morris
John
Morris
Griffith
Tyrel
Griffith
Sawatsky
Rick
Sawatsky

VERNON, BC | Morris re-joined Team Cotter this season and skips while throwing third stones. They reached the final at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Trials and the 2014 Brier. Cotter captured the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title last season.


TEAM SHUSTER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
shuster
John
Shuster
dunstone
Tyler
George
hamilton
Matt
Hamilton
landsteiner
John
Landsteiner

DULUTH, USA | Team Shuster represented the U.S. at the world championship last season and claimed the bronze medal. Shuster is a three-time Olympian and earned bronze at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.


TEAM SMITH
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
kyle smith
Kyle
Smith
muirhead
Thomas
Muirhead
waddell
Kyle
Waddell
cammy smith
Cammy
Smith

STIRLING, SCO | Smith was runner-up at the Tour Challenge in November setting a new personal-best Pinty’s GSOC finish for his squad. The team won the 2013 world junior curling championship together.


TEAM THOMAS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
thomas
Charley
Thomas
connolly
Nathan
Connolly
klassen
Brandon
Klassen
savill
Craig
Savill

EDMONTON, AB | Thomas earned back-to-back world junior titles in 2006 and 2007 and won the Canadian Mixed Doubles trials in 2015. Savill, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, missed last season due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma and made his full-time comeback at the Tour Challenge.