Elite 10: History

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The inaugural Elite 10 was held in Fort McMurray, Alta., in March 2015, and was the first new Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tournament since the series was created in 2001-02 and the first non-major for the series. In order to differentiate the Elite 10 from the other four events, match play is used where ends count as scoring.

Originally a men’s invitational, Team McEwen defeated Team Edin in the final to become the first champion.

Victoria hosted the 2016 Elite 10 with Team Gushue edging Team Carruthers for the title in an extra-end shootout. Team Homan made history becoming the first women’s team to compete in a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling men’s event and score a victory over a men’s team since Sportsnet acquired the series in 2012.

The Princess Auto Elite 10 travelled from the west coast to Atlantic Canada in 2017 heading to Port Hawkesbury, N.S. Team Morris topped Team Jacobs with a 1-UP victory in the final as fourth Jim Cotter delivered the winning slash takeout in the final end. GSOC legends Jeff Stoughton, David Nedohin, Nolan Thiessen and Jamie Korab came out of retirement for one week only as the special Elite 10 Selects. The foursome proved they still had it as they qualified for the playoffs.

Team McEwen announced on the eve of the 2017-18 Princess Auto Elite 10 they would be breaking up at the end of the season and the first stop on their “farewell tour” happened to be in their hometown of Winnipeg. McEwen put on a show as the club captured their seventh Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship together defeating Team Gushue 2-and-1 in the final.

The Princess Auto Elite 10 was moved to the start of the season and kicked off the 2018-19 campaign with a bang expanding to include a women’s division and bring parity across the seven-event Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series. Team Hasselborg entered the record books as the first women’s champions at the event completing an undefeated 6-0 run with a dominant 4-and-2 win over Team Tirinzoni in the final. Team Gushue topped the new-look Team Carruthers, with Mike McEwen now at fourth stones, in the men’s final 1-UP.

Champions

Season Men’s Champions Women’s Champions
2014-15 mcewen
Team McEwen
Skip: Mike McEwen
Third: B.J. Neufeld
Second: Matt Wozniak
Lead: Denni Neufeld
2015-16 gushue
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker
2016-17 morris
Team Morris
Skip: John Morris
Fourth: Jim Cotter
Second: Tyrel Griffith
Lead: Rick Sawatsky
2017-18 mcewen
Team McEwen
Skip: Mike McEwen
Third: B.J. Neufeld
Second: Matt Wozniak
Lead: Denni Neufeld
2018-19 gushue
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker
hasselborg
Team Hasselborg
Skip: Anna Hasselborg
Third: Sara McManus
Second: Agnes Knochenhauer
Lead: Sofia Mabergs