Canadian Open: History

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The Canadian Open ushered in the Grand Slam of Curling era in 2001 with the introduction of the series. Team Middaugh defeated Team Stoughton in the final to win the inaugural title in Wainwright, Alta.

Team Martin won back-to-back Canadian Open championships in January and December 2007, the latter helping them achieve their fourth consecutive Grand Slam of Curling title. Martin stretched the streak to five by winning the National later that month.

Team Howard denied Team Martin a third straight Canadian Open title at the 2009 event with an 8-4 victory in the final completing a career Grand Slam for Howard. 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.

Team McEwen won their second Grand Slam of Curling title 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 Team Howard in the final. The game went into an extra end — holding up the start of CBC’s pre-game coverage of the NHL All-Star Game — with McEwen following Howard’s path through a narrow port to hit and stick.

A change implementing the five-rock rule didn’t stop McEwen from breezing through the Canadian Open again the following season posting another perfect 8-0 record to successfully defend the title.

The event switched from round robin to triple knockout format for 2014. Team Gushue dropped to the C-side in the preliminary round, but scored three big wins on the penultimate day of the tournament and clinched the title the next day defeating Team Laycock in the final. It was also the first year the Canadian Open expanded to include a women’s division and Team Muirhead was crowned the first champion with a 5-3 win over Team Homan.

Team Homan made history in 2015 at the Canadian Open by becoming the first women’s team to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles in a single season. Meanwhile, John Epping threw a perfect game in the final against Team Gushue to win the men’s title for his squad.

It seems you have to be perfect to win here on the men’s side as Gushue replicated the feat shooting a perfect 100 per cent against Team Edin in an 8-3 win during the 2017 final. Casey Scheidegger made her top-tier series debut and shocked the field capturing the women’s title for her team stealing in the eighth to edge Team Tirinzoni 5-4.

Team Homan replicated the Grand Slam three-peat in 2018-19 when they captured the Meridian Canadian Open that season following Tour Challenge and Boost National championships and also became the first women’s club to hit double-digit title wins in the series.

Champions

Season Men’s Champions Women’s Champions
2001-02 Team Middaugh
Skip: Wayne Middaugh
Third: Graeme McCarrel
Second: Ian Tetley
Lead: Scott Bailey
2002-03 Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Don Walchuk
Second: Carter Rycroft
Lead: Don Bartlett
2003-04 Team Despins
Skip: Glen Despins
Third: Rod Montgomery
Second: Phillip Germain
Lead: Dwayne Mihalicz
2004-05 Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Don Walchuk
Second: Carter Rycroft
Lead: Don Bartlett
2005-06 Team Stoughton
Skip: Jeff Stoughton
Third: Jon Mead
Second: Garry VanDenBerghe
Lead: Steve Gould
2006-07 Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert
2007-08 Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert
2008-09 howard
Team Howard
Skip: Glenn Howard
Third: Richard Hart
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Craig Savill
2009-10 martin
Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert
2010-11 mcewen
Team McEwen
Skip: Mike McEwen
Third: B.J. Neufeld
Second: Matt Wozniak
Lead: Denni Neufeld
2011-12 mcewen
Team McEwen
Skip: Mike McEwen
Third: B.J. Neufeld
Second: Matt Wozniak
Lead: Denni Neufeld
2012-13 howard
Team Howard
Skip: Glenn Howard
Third: Wayne Middaugh
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Craig Savill
2013-14 koe
Team Koe
Skip: Kevin Koe
Third: Pat Simmons
Second: Carter Rycroft
Lead: Nolan Thiessen
2014-15 gushue
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker
muirhead
Team Muirhead
Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Anna Sloan
Second: Vicki Adams
Lead: Sarah Reid
2015-16 epping
Team Epping
Skip: John Epping
Third: Mathew Camm
Second: Patrick Janssen
Lead: Tim March
homan
Team Homan
Skip: Rachel Homan
Third: Emma Miskew
Second: Joanne Courtney
Lead: Lisa Weagle
2016-17 gushue
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker
scheidegger
Team Scheidegger
Skip: Casey Scheidegger
Third: Cary-Anne McTaggart
Second: Jessie Scheidegger
Lead: Stephanie Enright
2017-18 de cruz
Team De Cruz
Skip: Peter de Cruz
Fourth: Benoit Schwarz
Third: Claudio Paetz
Lead: Valentin Tanner
carey
Team Carey
Skip: Chelsea Carey
Third: Cathy Overton-Clapham
Second: Jocelyn Peterman
Lead: Laine Peters
2018-19 bottcher
Team Bottcher
Skip: Brendan Bottcher
Third: Darren Moulding
Second: Bradley Thiessen
Lead: Karrick Martin
homan
Team Homan
Skip: Rachel Homan
Third: Emma Miskew
Second: Joanne Courtney
Lead: Lisa Weagle