2016 WFG Masters: Men’s Teams

MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


TEAM BOTTCHER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Brendan Bottcher
Brendan Bottcher
Pat Simmons
Pat Simmons
Bradley Thiessen
Bradley Thiessen
Karrick Martin
Karrick Martin

EDMONTON, AB | Two-time Brier champion Simmons joined Team Bottcher this season. Bottcher has represented Canada twice on the global stage winning gold at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships and bronze at the 2013 Winter Universiade.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | Carruthers capped 2015-16 winning his first career Pinty’s GSOC title as a skip at the inaugural Champions Cup. The team also reached the final at the National and Elite 10.


TEAM DE CRUZ
FOURTH THIRD SKIP LEAD
Schwarz
Benoit Schwarz
Claudio Paetz
Claudio Pätz
De Cruz
Peter De Cruz
Tanner
Valentin Tanner

GENEVA, SUI | Team De Cruz kicked off the season winning the Baden Masters on home ice in Switzerland. De Cruz, who skips while throwing second stones, competed in the inaugural Tour Challenge and Champions Cup events last season.


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

KARLSTAD, SWE | Edin earned the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard title in September. Wrana, the 2012 world junior silver medallist, joined the team this season and is making his Pinty’s GSOC series debut.


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

TORONTO, ON | Epping captured the Canadian Open last season for his third career Pinty’s GSOC championship and is now just a Masters title away from completing a career Grand Slam. The Canadian Open title win was a first for Camm, Janssen and March.


TEAM GUSHUE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols
thomas
Charley Thomas
Brett Gallant
Brett Gallant
Geoff Walker
Geoff Walker

ST. JOHN’S, NL | Team Gushue captured three Pinty’s GSOC titles and the Rogers Grand Slam Cup last season. Their win at the Players’ Championship completed a career Grand Slam for the team. Thomas is filling in with Gushue out due to a hip/groin issue.


TEAM HOWARD
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
howard
Glenn Howard
hart
Richard Hart
mathers
David Mathers
scott
Scott Howard

PENETANGUISHENE, ON | Glenn Howard has won 16 Pinty’s GSOC championships in his career including a record six Masters titles. Mathers played in PEI last season and returned to Ontario reuniting with former teammate Scott Howard.


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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | Team Jacobs are the reigning Olympic champs winning gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Jacobs captured his first career Pinty’s GSOC title at the 2015 Players’ Championship.


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

CALGARY, AB | The reigning world champions have earned a combined 40 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles. They won their first all together at the inaugural Tour Challenge event last season.


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

SASKATOON, SK | Team Laycock captured their third consecutive Saskatchewan provincial title last season. Their best Pinty’s GSOC result as a team came on home Saskatchewan ice at the 2014 Canadian Open where they finished runner-up.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | McEwen is the defending Masters champion. The team has won six Pinty’s GSOC titles since 2010. McEwen captured the Manitoba Viterra Championship last season to represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier for the first time in his career.


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

VERNON, BC | Morris re-joined Team Cotter this season and skips while throwing third stones. They reached the final at the 2013 Canadian Olympic Trials and the 2014 Brier. Cotter captured the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title last season.


TEAM MURDOCH
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
murdoch
David Murdoch
drummond
Greg Drummond
andrews
Scott Andrews
kidby
Michael Goodfellow

STIRLING, SCO | Team Murdoch earned the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Murdoch set a personal Pinty’s GSOC best reaching the semifinals at the 2016 Players’ Championship.


TEAM SHUSTER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
shuster
John Shuster
dunstone
Tyler George
hamilton
Matt Hamilton
landsteiner
John Landsteiner

DULUTH, USA | Team Shuster represented the U.S. at the world championship last season and claimed the bronze medal. Shuster is a three-time Olympian and earned bronze at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.


TEAM SMITH
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
kyle smith
Kyle Smith
muirhead
Thomas Muirhead
waddell
Kyle Waddell
cammy smith
Cammy Smith

STIRLING, SCO | Team Smith make their elite-level Pinty’s GSOC debut at the Masters. The 2013 world junior champions competed in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 division last season and reached the semifinals. They won the Oakville OCT Fall Classic in September.