2017 Princess Auto Elite 10: Teams

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

WINNIPEG, MB | Carruthers captured his first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title with Team Stoughton at the 2013 National in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. He earned his second — and first as a skip — last season at the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup defeating Team Epping in a double extra end. Team Carruthers clinched a spot in the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials by winning the Canada Cup in December. They also helped Team North America defeat Team World at the Continental Cup.


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

GENEVA, SUI | De Cruz captured the Swiss national championship this year and will be heading to Edmonton for the world championship right after the Princess Auto Elite 10. De Cruz skipped Switzerland to a bronze medal at the 2014 worlds edging Canada’s Kevin Koe for the final podium spot. Team De Cruz also took bronze at the European Championship this season and the team’s victory at the Baden Masters back in August helped them earn an invite to the year-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup.


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

KARLSTAD, SWEDEN | Edin has had a banner season on tour this year winning six titles including two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championships. Edin’s victory at the WFG Masters in late October made history as his foursome became the first non-Canadian men’s team to capture a title in the series. They won their second Pinty’s GSOC championship just two weeks later at the Tour Challenge. Edin is a two-time world champion and earned the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Edin captured his third consecutive European Championship in November.


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

TORONTO, ON | Epping has scored two wins on tour this season taking the Challenge de Curling de Gatineau and the CookstownCash titles. The Gatineau victory earned Epping a spot to the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup. Epping reached the semifinal this year at the Ontario Tankard. He has also helped coach Kerry Galusha’s team this season and was behind the bench during their impressive run at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Epping threw a perfect game in the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open final to win his third career Grand Slam title.


TEAM GUSHUE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
gushue
Brad
Gushue
Mark Nichols
Mark
Nichols
Brett Gallant
Brett
Gallant
sallows
Tom
Sallows

ST. JOHN’S, NL | The team relied on a series of spares to start the season with Gushue missing eight events due to a hip/groin issue. Nichols skipped the team in the interim and never missed the playoffs. Gushue returned in December at the Boost National and just a month later was right back in the winner’s circle capturing his seventh career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title at the Meridian Canadian Open throwing 100 percent in the final against Team Edin. Nichols won the National title with Team Stoughton in 2013, the last time the series was in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. Sallows spares for Geoff Walker this week.


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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | Jacobs won his second career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title earlier this season in his hometown at the Boost National. The reigning Olympic champions earned the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Jacobs was also a finalist at the WFG Masters and semifinalist at the Meridian Canadian Open. The team won its first Grand Slam title as a unit at the 2015 Players’ Championship to clinch the Rogers Grand Slam Cup.


TEAM KOE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Koe
Kevin
Koe
Kennedy
Marc
Kennedy
Laing
Brent
Laing
pfeifer
Scott
Pfeifer

CALGARY, AB | The members of Team Koe have won a combined 40 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles. They won their first all together at the 2015 Tour Challenge starting their banner season with Canada Cup, Brier and world titles to follow. Team Koe won the Shorty Jenkins Classic earlier this season to earn a spot in the Humpty’s Champions Cup. Pfeifer is filling in for Ben Hebert.


TEAM LAYCOCK
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Laycock
Steve
Laycock
Kirk
Kirk
Muyres
dunstone
Matt
Dunstone
Dallan
Dallan
Muyres

SASKATOON, SK | Laycock won the Direct Horizontal Drilling Fall Classic in October to earn one of the WCT spots for the Humpty’s Champions Cup. The team finished runner-up in provincial playdowns after representing Saskatchewan at the Tim Hortons Brier during the past three seasons. Laycock was runner-up at the 2005 National in Port Hawkesbury throwing lead stones for Pat Simmons. His current team was a finalist on home-province ice at the 2014 Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. Longtime second Colton Flasch left the team earlier this month and Dunstone, a two-time Canadian junior champ, will spare this week.


TEAM MORRIS
FOURTH SKIP SECOND LEAD
Cotter
Jim
Cotter
Morris
John
Morris
Griffith
Tyrel
Griffith
Sawatsky
Rick
Sawatsky

VERNON, BC | Morris re-joined Cotter’s crew at the start of this season. Their first go-round in 2013-14 was quite the success story finishing runner-up at both the Roar of the Rings and the Tim Hortons Brier. Morris captured gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as the third for Team Canada. He’s also won two National titles in Port Hawkesbury in 2007. Cotter was a finalist at the 2015 Masters in Truro, N.S.


ELITE 10 SELECT
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
skip
Jeff
Stoughton
third
David
Nedohin
lead
Nolan
Thiessen
second
Jamie
Korab

Grand Slam legends Stoughton, Nedohin, Thiessen and Korab make their return to the series one more time. Together they have earned a combined 11 Grand Slam titles in the series. Stoughton completed a career Grand Slam winning the 2013 National in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. Nedohin went out on a high note taking his fourth Grand Slam title in his last competitive curling event at the 2014 Players’ Championship in Summerside, P.E.I. Korab captured Olympic gold with Team Gushue in 2006. Thiessen claimed back-to-back Brier titles in 2014 and 2015.