2016 Elite 10 Teams

TEAM BOTTCHER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Brendan Bottcher
Brendan Bottcher
Tom Appelman
Tom Appelman
Bradley Thiessen
Bradley Thiessen
Karrick Martin
Karrick Martin

EDMONTON, AB | Bottcher, the 2012 world junior champion, has qualified for the playoffs at two Pinty’s GSOC events this season. They finished third at the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup falling to eventual champs Team Koe in the semifinal. Team Bottcher had a breakout season on tour in 2014-15 as they reached the semifinals at all three Pinty’s GSOC events they competed in.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | Team Carruthers set a new best as a rink together as they finished runner-up to Team Gushue at the National. Altogether they’ve qualified at all four Pinty’s GSOC events held so far this season most recently making the semifinals at the Meridian Canadian Open in December. Carruthers also captured the DEKALB Superspiel title to earn a spot at the Champions Cup.


TEAM EDIN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Edin
Niklas Edin
Eriksson
Oskar Eriksson
Lindstroem
Kristian Lindström
Sundgren
Christoffer Sundgren

KARLSTAD, SWE | Edin, the reigning world champion, finished runner-up at the inaugural Elite 10 a year ago to match his personal-best Pinty’s GSOC result. The team captured the European Championship title in November to earn a spot for the Champions Cup. Edin won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.


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

TORONTO, ON | Epping captured the Meridian Canadian Open in December for his third career Pinty’s GSOC championship. It was his first major title with Camm, Janssen and March. The win earned them a berth to the Champions Cup. Epping also reached the semifinals at the National earlier this season and finished runner-up to Glenn Howard at the 2016 Recharge with Milk Ontario Men’s Tankard.


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

ST. JOHN’S, NL | Team Gushue have made it to the final at three of the four Pinty’s GSOC events played so far this season. Gushue earned his fourth career Grand Slam title at the National in November. Gushue and Nichols captured the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.


TEAM HOMAN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Homan
Rachel Homan
Miskew
Emma Miskew
Courtney
Joanne Courtney
Weagle
Lisa Weagle

OTTAWA, ON | Team Homan have captured three consecutive Pinty’s GSOC championships this season winning the Masters, National and Canadian Open. Homan has earned a total of five Grand Slam titles also taking the Masters in 2012 and 2013. Team Homan will make history becoming the first women’s rink to compete in a men’s GSOC event since Sportsnet acquired the series in 2012.


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

CALGARY, AB | Team Koe have won a combined 40 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles and captured their first all together at the inaugural Tour Challenge Tier 1 event in September. They were the first men’s team to qualify for the new Champions Cup, the season-ending Pinty’s GSOC event featuring all of the top winners of the year. They won the Boston Pizza Cup for the second year in a row together to represent Alberta at the Brier.


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

SASKATOON, SK | Team Laycock captured the bronze medal at the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier and will make their third consecutive appearance representing Saskatchewan at the national championship. They had a career-best Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling result finishing runner-up at the Canadian Open last season. Laycock won the Canad Inns Men’s Classic to book a trip to the season-ending Champions Cup.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | After five runner-up finishes, McEwen finally laid claim to the Manitoba Viterra Championship this year to represent the province for the first time at the Tim Hortons Brier. Team McEwen won their sixth Pinty’s GSOC title together this season at the Masters in November. McEwen is the defending Elite 10 champion defeating Edin in last year’s final to claim the inaugural title.


TEAM THOMAS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
thomas
Charley Thomas
dunstone
Matt Dunstone
klassen
Brandon Klassen
kidby
DJ Kidby

CALGARY, AB | Team Thomas won the Original 16 Bonspiel earlier this season and finished runner-up to Team Koe at the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup. Thomas won back-to-back world junior titles in 2006 and 2007. He’s also the reigning Canadian mixed doubles champion with Kalynn Park. Reigning Canadian junior champion Dunstone, who just won the bronze at the world juniors, is filling in for third Nathan Connolly. Dunstone made his Pinty’s GSOC debut at the Meridian Canadian Open in December playing with Team Simmons.