2017 WestJet Players’ Championship: Men’s Teams

MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


TEAM BOTTCHER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Brendan Bottcher
Brendan
Bottcher
moulding
Darren
Moulding
Bradley Thiessen
Bradley
Thiessen
Karrick Martin
Karrick
Martin

EDMONTON, AB | Bottcher won his first Boston Pizza Cup this season to represent Alberta at the Tim Hortons Brier. Karrick’s father Kevin Martin, a winner of a record 18 Grand Slam titles, served as their coach at the Canadian men’s curling championship. Moulding came on board at the start of the year joining the team in time for the Meridian Canadian Open.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | The team had a December to remember winning the Canada Cup to clinch an Olympic Trials spot and finished runner-up at the Boost National. Carruthers captured his first Pinty’s GSOC title as a skip last at the Humpty’s Champions Cup.


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

GENEVA, SUI | The 11th time was the charm as Team de Cruz qualified for the first time at a Pinty’s GSOC event last month at the Princess Auto Elite 10. De Cruz, who skips and throws second stones, won the Baden Masters at the start of the season to earn a berth to the Humpty’s Champions Cup. De Cruz earned the bronze medal at the world championship this past Sunday.


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

KARLSTAD, SWE Edin leads the standings in the Rogers Grand Slam Cup with wins at the WFG Masters and Tour Challenge and a runner-up finish at the Meridian Canadian Open. The WFG Masters was Edin’s first title in the series and the first for a non-Canadian men’s team. Edin earned silver at the world men’s championship Sunday.


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

TORONTO, ON | Epping is a three-time Grand Slam winner. He overcame the odds at the 2012 Players’ Championship entering as the lowest-ranked seed to win the title. Team Epping captured the Challenge de Curling de Gatineau event earlier this season to earn a spot to the Humpty’s Champions Cup.


TEAM GUSHUE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
gushue
Brad
Gushue
Mark Nichols
Mark
Nichols
Brett Gallant
Brett
Gallant
Geoff Walker
Geoff
Walker

ST. JOHN’S, NL | The recently crowned world champ Gushue is the defending Players’ Championship victor after completing a career Grand Slam a year ago. He captured his first Brier tankard this year in his hometown. Gushue earned his seventh career Pinty’s GSOC title in January at the Meridian Canadian Open throwing a perfect game in the final against Edin.


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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | Jacobs captured his first career Grand Slam two years ago at the Players’ Championship. He won his second earlier this season in his hometown at the Boost National. Team Jacobs recently finished runner-up at the Princess Auto Elite 10 last month to narrow the gap in the Rogers Grand Slam Cup chase with Edin.


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 captured a combined 40 titles in the Pinty’s GSOC series. Koe and Kennedy won their first together at the 2004 Players’ Championship while playing on Team Morris. Pfeifer is filling in for injured lead Ben Hebert.


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

SASKATOON, SK | Long-time second Colton Flasch left Team Laycock early last month and Dunstone made his debut with the club a couple weeks later at the Princess Auto Elite 10 for a trial run. The two-time Canadian junior champ passed the test with the team later announcing him as their full-time second.


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

WINNIPEG, MB | McEwen is a six-time Pinty’s GSOC title winner and is a Players’ Championship away from completing a career Grand Slam. The team represented Manitoba at the Tim Hortons Brier for the second year in a row and defeated Northern Ontario’s Team Jacobs to earn the bronze medal.


TEAM MORRIS
FOURTH SKIP SECOND LEAD
Cotter
Jim
Cotter
Morris
John
Morris
schneider
Catlin
Schneider
Griffith
Tyrel
Griffith

VERNON, BC | Morris, who skips and throws third stones, captured his 11th career Pinty’s GSOC championship last month at the Princess Auto Elite 10. For Cotter, Griffith and Sawatsky it was their first elite-level title in the series. The team represented B.C. at the Tim Hortons Brier and just missed the playoffs with a 7-4 record. Team Casey’s Catlin Schneider is filling in for Rick Sawatsky, who is out due to injury.


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

STIRLING, SCO | It’s been a breakout season on tour for Smith, who captured the Oakville OCT Fall Classic earlier this season and finished runner-up to Edin at the Tour Challenge. The team captured the world junior curling championship in 2013.