Mike McEwen at the 2015 Masters in Truro, N.S. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Defending champ McEwen to open Elite 10 against Edin

February 26, 2016, 12:22 PM

Defending champ Mike McEwen of Winnipeg will kick off the Elite 10 in Victoria taking on Niklas Edin of Sweden in a rematch of last year’s final.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling released the draw schedule for its fifth event of the 2015-16 season Friday. McEwen scored a 2 & 1 victory over Edin to capture the inaugural Elite 10 title and now looks to make it back-to-back in the match-play format tournament running March 17-20 at the Q Centre at West Shore Parks & Recreation.

Four-time Pinty’s GSOC champion Brad Gushue of St. John’s meets Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers and Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock plays Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher in the other two opening draw matches.

Meanwhile, women’s world-ranked No. 1 Rachel Homan of Ottawa will make Pinty’s GSOC history in Draw 2 facing Toronto’s John Epping. Team Homan won three consecutive Grand Slam titles this season and will become the first women’s rink to compete in a men’s invitational since Sportsnet acquired the series in 2012.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to play in this unique event,” Homan said in a media release Wednesday. “The Pinty’s Grand Slams have provided such a great platform for teams to develop over the years and this will just add to that. We try to always just play our game and this will be no different. Just focus on our shots no matter who we’re playing.”

The Elite 10 features a match play format where teams attempt to take the most ends per game in order to win. While it may seem similar to a skins game, match play does not have carryovers as each end is worth the same amount. A $100,000 purse is on the line at the event.

A new incentive at this year’s Elite 10 is the winning team receives an invite to the Humpty’s Champions Cup running April 26 to May 1 in Sherwood Park, Alta. The brand new, season-ending Pinty’s GSOC event will feature all of the top winners on tour in one final showdown to close out the year.

Below is the full draw schedule for the Elite 10. Tickets are now available, click here for information to purchase yours today.

Can’t make it to Victoria? Sportsnet will have to covered, click here for our TV schedule.

Elite 10 Draw Schedule
Date/Time A B C
March 17
11:30 a.m. Carruthers vs Gushue Edin vs McEwen Laycock vs Bottcher
4 p.m. Bottcher vs Edin Koe vs Laycock Epping vs Homan
7:30 p.m. Koe vs McEwen Homan vs Carruthers Gushue vs Thomas
March 18
8 a.m. Homan vs Thomas Laycock vs Edin Carruthers vs Epping
11:30 a.m. Thomas vs Epping Edin vs Koe
3 p.m. Bottcher vs Koe Gushue vs Homan McEwen vs Laycock
7:30 p.m. Epping vs Gushue McEwen vs Bottcher Thomas vs Carruthers
March 19
9 a.m. Tiebreakers
(if necessary)
1 p.m. Quarterfinals
7:30 p.m. Semifinals
March 20
1 p.m. Final

Note: All times listed as Pacific Time (PT). Schedule subject to change.