2018 Meridian Canadian Open: Men’s Teams

MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


TEAM BOTTCHER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
laycock
Steve
Laycock
moulding
Darren
Moulding
thiessen
Bradley
Thiessen
martin
Karrick
Martin

EDMONTON, AB | Team Bottcher has captured two World Curling Tour titles this season in their home province winning the Medicine Hat Charity Classic and Red Deer Curling Classic. Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock, who finished runner-up at the 2014 Canadian Open, is subbing for skip Brendan Bottcher.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | Carruthers claimed the Canad Inns Men’s Classic title earlier this season in Portage la Prairie, MB. They earned the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup title in 2016.


TEAM DE CRUZ
FOURTH THIRD SKIP LEAD
schwarz
Benoit
Schwarz
paetz
Claudio
Paetz
decruz
Peter
De Cruz
tanner
Valentin
Tanner

GENEVA, SUI | De Cruz, who will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, skips the team while throwing second stones. They earned the bronze medal for Switzerland at the world championship last season.


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

KARLSTAD, SWE | Edin earned three Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles last season and finished runner-up at the Meridian Canadian Open en route to the Bonus Cup. The team will play for Sweden at the Winter Olympics.


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

TORONTO, ON | Epping is a three-time Grand Slam champion. The team captured the Meridian Canadian Open in 2015 with the skip throwing 100 percent in the final against Team Gushue.


TEAM GUNNLAUGSON
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
gunnlaugson
Jason
Gunnlaugson
forrest
Alex
Forrest
mcmillan
Ian
McMillan
njegovan
Connor
Njegovan

WINNIPEG, MB | Gunnlaugson won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title to receive a promotion to the elite ranks and has stayed put ever since. They were also victorious at the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic and MCT Championships.


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 is the reigning Meridian Canadian Open champion. Gushue, who has earned nine Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles, captured the Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Masters posting perfect 7-0 records at both events.


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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | The 2014 Olympic gold medallists captured two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles last season taking the BOOST National and Humpty’s Champions Cup. Jacobs claimed the Shorty Jenkins Classic in September.


TEAM KIM
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
kim
Chang-Min
Kim
seong
Se-Hyeon
Seong
oh
Eun-Su
Oh
lee
Ki-Bok
Lee

UISEONG, SOUTH KOREA | Team Kim reached the BOOST National final in their Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling debut. Kim won the gold medal at the 2011 Winter Universiade. The reigning Pacific-Asia champions will represent the host nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


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

CALGARY, AB | Team Koe won the Roar of the Rings in December to earn the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics. They have captured a combined 40 titles in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.


TEAM LIU
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
liu
Rui
Liu
xu
Xiao Ming
Xu
jiang
Dongxu
Jiang
zang
Jian Liang
Zang

HARBIN, CHN | Liu is a six-time Pacific-Asia champion and has made seven appearances at the world championship. They have won the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic and ARENA Challenge de Curling de Gatineau titles on the World Curling Tour this 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 captured six titles in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling including two Canadian Open championships. McEwen finished runner-up to Team Koe at the Roar of the Rings Canadian curling trials.


TEAM MORRIS
FOURTH SKIP SECOND LEAD
Dunstone
Matt
Dunstone
Morris
John
Morris
schneider
Catlin
Schneider
bartlett
Don
Bartlett

VERNON, BC | Morris earned his 11th career title in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling last season at the Princess Auto Elite 10. The 2010 Olympic gold medallist will represent Canada again at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, playing mixed doubles with Kaitlyn Lawes. Matt Dunstone is subbing for Jim Cotter and Don Bartlett is in for Tyrel Griffith for the Meridian Canadian Open.


TEAM MOUAT
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
mouat
Bruce
Mouat
hardie
Grant
Hardie
lammie
Bobby
Lammie
mcmillan
Hammy
McMillan Jr.

EDINBURGH, SCO | The 23-year-old Mouat won the BOOST National in November to become the youngest skip to earn a men’s title in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling. They claimed back-to-back titles at the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard and Biosteel Oakville Fall Classic in September and captured the Dumfries Challenger Series in December.


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

DULUTH, USA | Shuster, who won bronze at the 2006 Olympics, will play for the U.S. for a fourth time at the Winter Games. Hamilton will also compete in the mixed doubles competition with his sister Becca Hamilton.


TEAM ULSRUD
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
ulsrud
Thomas
Ulsrud
nergaard
Torger
Nergaard
svae
Christoffer
Svae
petersson
Haavard
Vad Petersson

OSLO, NOR | Ulsrud has made 12 appearances at the world championship winning the gold medal in 2014. The team earned the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will play for Norway once again in Pyeongchang, South Korea.