2016 Tour Challenge Tier 1: Men’s Teams

TIER 1: MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS

TIER 2: 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 EDIN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Edin
Niklas
Edin
Eriksson
Oskar
Eriksson
Wrana
Rasmus
Wrana
Sundgren
Christoffer
Sundgren

KARLSTAD, SWE | Team Edin became the first non-Canadian men’s rink to win a Grand Slam title at the WFG Masters. The 21-year-old Wrana joined the team this year winning a Grand Slam title in his 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. The Canadian Open title win was a first for Camm, Janssen and March.


TEAM GUSHUE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
Mark Nichols
Mark
Nichols
spencer
Adam
Spencer
Brett Gallant
Brett
Gallant
Geoff Walker
Geoff
Walker

ST. JOHN’S, NL | 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. Gushue will miss his seventh event to start the season due to a hip injury. Spencer has filled in a few times already and helped them win the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard last month.


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 is the reigning Olympic champ 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 | Laycock captured his third consecutive Saskatchewan provincial title last season. The team’s best Pinty’s GSOC result together 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 | Team McEwen 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 | The 2013 world junior champions competed in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 division last season and reached the semifinals. Team Smith won the Oakville OCT Fall Classic in September.


TEAM THOMAS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
thomas
Charley
Thomas
connolly
Nathan
Connolly
klassen
Brandon
Klassen
savill
Craig
Savill

CALGARY, AB | Team Thomas finished runner-up to Team Koe at the Alberta men’s provincial championship last season. Thomas earned back-to-back world junior titles in 2006 and 2007 and won the Canadian Mixed Doubles trials in 2015. Savill, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, returns after missing last season due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


TEAM ULSRUD
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
ulsrud
Thomas
Ulsrud
nergaard
Torger
Nergaard
svae
Christoffer
Svae
petersson
Haavard
Vad Petersson

OSLO, NOR | Ulsrud has made 12 appearances at the world championship and won the gold medal in 2014. The team earned the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.