The Canadian Open ushered in the Grand Slam of Curling era with its introduction in 2001. Wayne Middaugh defeated Jeff Stoughton in the final to win the inaugural title in Wainwright, Alta.
Kevin Martin won back-to-back championships in January and December 2007, the latter helping the Edmonton skip achieve what’s been dubbed a “Tiger Slam.” Nicknamed after golfer Tiger Woods, the feat involves capturing four consecutive Grand Slam titles, not necessarily all within the same season. Martin stretched the streak to five by winning the National later that month.
Glenn Howard denied Martin a third straight Canadian Open title at the 2009 event with an 8-4 victory in the final. Howard, third Richard Hart, second Brent Laing and lead Craig Savill all won their first Canadian Open title, completing a career Grand Slam for Howard, Hart and Laing. Martin turned the tables the following year, defeating Howard 6-4 in the final to win his record fifth Canadian Open title and third in four years.
Mike McEwen won his second Grand Slam of 2010-11 at the Canadian Open that season by running the table with a perfect 8-0 record, including a 5-4 win over Howard in the final. At the following Canadian Open in November 2011, a change implementing the five-rock rule didn’t stop McEwen from breezing through the tournament again posting another perfect 8-0 record to successfully defend the title.
The tournament switched from round robin to triple knockout format for 2014. Gushue drop to the C-side in the preliminary round but score three big wins on the penultimate day of the tournament and clinched the title defeating Steve Laycock in the final. It was also the first year the Canadian Open expanded to include a women’s division and Scotland’s Eve Muirhead was crowned the first champion with a 5-3 win over Ottawa’s Rachel Homan.
Team Homan made history at the 2015 Canadian Open by becoming the first women’s rink to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles in a single season. John Epping threw a perfect game in the final against Gushue to win the men’s title.
The Rogers Grand Slam Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that have accumulated the most bonus points over the course of the season. Points are distributed at the National as per below:
1st place: 12 points
2nd place: 9 points
3rd & 4th place: 7 points
5th – 8th place: 5 points
1 point per win for all other teams
For up-to-date standings and more information on the Rogers Grand Slam Cup, click here.