Calgary's Chelsea Carey delivers a stone during the Meridian Canadian Open women's quarterfinals on Jan. 20, 2018, in Camrose, Alta. (Anil Mungal)

Carey qualifies for Humpty’s Champions Cup

January 25, 2018, 9:45 PM

Chelsea Carey was just a fan in the stands for the Humpty’s Champions Cup last year at WinSport Arena.

Carey did not qualify for the season-ending Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament, which requires teams to win a high-profile title in order to receive an invitation.

The Calgary club was left on the outside looking in for its hometown event but that isn’t going to be the case this time. Carey captured the Meridian Canadian Open title Sunday in Camrose, Alta., to earn a spot in the 2018 Humpty’s Champions Cup, returning to WinSport Arena, April 24-29.

“I went and watched it last year and it was really hard to be sitting in the stands and not out there,” Carey said after claiming her first Pinty’s GSOC trophy. “I’m really excited to be part of that this time.”


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Carey defeated Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot 10-5 in the Meridian Canadian Open women’s final. The victory followed some disappointing tournaments for the team after falling in the Olympic Trials final to Rachel Homan and losing in the Alberta Scotties semifinals on a steal against Shannon Kleibrink.

“We’ve had a little bit of heartbreak recently,” Carey said. “It’s nice to turn that around, come out on top, be the champs and get a spot in the Champions Cup in our home city. There are so many good things that come from that so that felt really pretty amazing.”

Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz received his Humpty’s Champions Cup ticket defeating Niklas Edin of Sweden 5-3 in the Meridian Canadian Open men’s final.

“It’s amazing,” Team de Cruz fourth Benoit Schwarz said. “We didn’t have many opportunities left for the Champions Cup but now we’re really looking forward to the end of the season, for sure.”

De Cruz joins a growing field that already includes Brad Jacobs, Brad Gushue, Chang-Min Kim, Bruce Mouat and Edin.

Carey adds her name to the women’s division featuring Homan, Val Sweeting, Jennifer Jones, Eve Muirhead and EunJung Kim.

Below is the list of tournaments eligible for qualification. If a team wins more than one of the events listed (e.g. Team Gushue claiming the Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Masters) the winner of the next-ranked World Curling Tour event based on strength of field will receive an invitation to complete the field with a total of 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams.

HUMPTY’S CHAMPIONS CUP FIELD

Men’s Qualifying Events Women’s Qualifying Events
Humpty’s Champions Cup
defending champ
Brad Jacobs
Humpty’s Champions Cup
defending champ
Rachel Homan
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)/Masters
Brad Gushue
Tour Challenge (Tier 1)
Val Sweeting
BOOST National
Bruce Mouat
Masters/BOOST National
Jennifer Jones
Meridian Canadian Open
Peter de Cruz
Meridian Canadian Open
Chelsea Carey
Princess Auto Elite 10
March 15-18
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Players’ Championship
April 10-15
Pacific-Asia Championship
EunJung Kim
Pacific-Asia Championship
Chang-Min Kim
European Championship
Eve Muirhead
European Championship
Niklas Edin
Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Jan. 27-Feb. 4
Winter Olympics
Feb. 14-24
Winter Olympics
Feb. 14-25
U.S. National Championship
March 3-10
U.S. National Championship
March 3-10
World Junior Championship
March 3-11
World Junior Championship
March 3-11
Tim Hortons Brier
March 3-11
World Championship
March 17-25
World Championship
March 31-April 8
World Curling Tour Spot 1
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 1
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 2
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 2
TBD
World Curling Tour Spot 3
TBD
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