Colton Flasch (left) and Ben Hebert (right) of Team Koe brush a stone during the 2018 Tour Challenge in Thunder Bay, Ont. (Anil Mungal)

2018 Boost National: Men’s Teams

December 8, 2018, 3:43 PM

Get to know the men’s teams competing in the 2018 Boost National taking place Dec. 11-16 at Conception Bay South Arena in Conception Bay South, N.L.


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Team Calvert

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Braden
Calvert
Kyle
Kurz
Ian
McMillan
Rob
Gordon

Winnipeg, MB | Calvert is a two-time Canadian junior champion and winner of the 2015 world junior gold medal. McMillan previously played with Team Gunnlaugson and earned the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title last season. Gordon won the Canadian junior title and world junior bronze medal with Team Dunstone in 2016.

Team Carruthers

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Mike
McEwen
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Derek
Samagalski
Colin
Hodgson

Winnipeg, MB | Carruthers has slid over to third to accommodate new teammate and longtime pal McEwen at fourth stones. McEwen won seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles as a skip. The team is rolling with the same setup as the Canada Cup with McEwen calling the shots as well.

Team De Cruz

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Benoit
Schwarz
Sven
Michel
Peter
de Cruz
Valentin
Tanner

Geneva, SUI | De Cruz, who skips while throwing second stones, earned his first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title last season at the Meridian Canadian Open stealing in the eighth to defeat Team Edin during the men’s final. They represented Switzerland at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and captured the bronze medal. De Cruz has also earned bronze twice at the world championship.

Team Edin

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Niklas
Edin
Oskar
Eriksson
Rasmus
Wrana
Christoffer
Sundgren

Karlstad, SWE | Team Edin won three events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling during the 2016-17 season plus the Pinty’s Cup. Edin’s victory at the 2016 Masters made history as his Swedish squad became the first non-Canadian men’s team to win a championship in the series. Edin is the reigning world champion and earned silver at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Team Epping

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John
Epping
Mathew
Camm
Brent
Laing
Craig
Savill

Toronto, ON | Epping’s revamped roster has won two titles this season taking the Shorty Jenkins Classic and the Canadian Beef Masters. It was a record-extending seventh Masters title for Laing and Savill. Epping has won four titles in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling with three of them as a skip.

Team Gunnlaugson

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Jason
Gunnlaugson
Alex
Forrest
Denni
Neufeld
Connor
Njegovan

Morris, MB | Team Gunnlaugson won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title at the start of last season to earn a promotion into the elite ranks where they’ve stayed put since. They qualified for the playoffs at five Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events last season. New second Neufeld won seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles with Team McEwen.

Team Gushue

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Brad
Gushue
Mark
Nichols
Brett
Gallant
Geoff
Walker

St. John’s, NL | Gushue started this season winning his 11th title in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling claiming the Princess Auto Elite 10 in September. The back-to-back Brier champions captured their first Canadian men’s national championship on home ice in 2017. Team Gushue are also the reigning Pinty’s Cup champions and lead the standings this season.

Team Howard

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Glenn
Howard
Scott
Howard
David
Mathers
Tim
March

Penetanguishene, ON | Glenn Howard has earned 14 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles as a skip including four at the National. Team Howard shuffled the lineup this season with Scott Howard moving up to third. March, formerly with Team Epping, is the new addition at lead.

Team Jacobs

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Brad
Jacobs
E.J.
Harnden
Matt
Wozniak
Ryan
Harnden

Sault Ste. Marie, ON | Team Jacobs are the 2013 Brier champions and world silver medallists plus 2014 Olympic gold medallists. Jacobs claimed his fourth Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title this season at the Tour Challenge Tier 1. Matt Wozniak, who won seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles with Team McEwen, is subbing at the event with Ryan Fry currently taking a leave of absence.

Team Koe

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Kevin
Koe
B.J.
Neufeld
Colton
Flasch
Ben
Hebert

Calgary, AB | Koe and Hebert are the only holdovers from last year’s Canadian Olympic Team with new third Neufeld and second Flasch. The new-look squad was hot at the Canadian Beef Masters sustaining their lone loss in the final to Team Epping. Koe won his fifth title in the series, fourth as a skip, last season at the Players’ Championship.

Team McDonald

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Scott
McDonald
Jonathan
Beuk
Wesley
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Scott
Chadwick

Kingston, ON | Team McDonald have had a solid start on tour in their first season altogether. McDonald finished runner-up at the Tour Challenge Tier 2 and claimed the Challenge de Curling de Gatineau title. They were also semifinalists at the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard.

Team Mouat

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Bruce
Mouat
Grant
Hardie
Bobby
Lammie
Hammy
McMillan Jr.

Edinburgh, SCO | Team Mouat broke out on tour last season winning four titles including their first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship at the Boost National. That victory was a first for a Scottish men’s team in the series and Mouat also made history becoming the youngest men’s skip to capture a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title at age 23. Team Mouat also earned bronze for Scotland at the world championship.

Team Muyres

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Kirk
Muyres
Kevin
Marsh
Daniel
Marsh
Dallan
Muyres

Saskatoon, SK | Team Muyres defeated Team McDonald to win the Tour Challenge Tier 2 men’s title to receive an invitation to the Meridian Canadian Open. Their promotion into the top ranks has come one event early, however, as their strong play earned them a spot here at the Boost National. Muyres, who is playing his first season as a skip, also finished runner-up at the Medicine Hat Curling Classic and DEKALB Superspiel.

Team Paterson

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Ross
Paterson
Kyle
Waddell
Duncan
Menzies
Michael
Goodfellow

Glasgow, SCO | Paterson made his Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling skip debut with his new squad at the Princess Auto Elite 10. Waddell previously played with Team Smith and represented Great Britain at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Goodfellow also has Olympic experience capturing silver for Great Britain in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Games.

Team Schwaller

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Yannick
Schwaller
Michael
Brunner
Romano
Meier
Marcel
Kaeufeler

Bern, SUI | Schwaller is the 2014 world junior champion and 2015 world junior silver medallist. They captured their first World Curling Tour title at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard and made their Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling debut at the Canadian Beef Masters.

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