2017 Tour Challenge Tier 1: Men’s Teams

TIER 1: MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS

TIER 2: MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


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 at the 2016 Humpty’s Champions Cup. Two-time world champ Craig Savill joined the squad late last season as a fifth/adviser.


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 at the Princess Auto Elite 10 in March. De Cruz represented Switzerland at the world championship and earned the bronze medal.


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

KARLSTAD, SWE | Edin is the defending Tour Challenge Tier 1 champion. He defeated Scotland’s Kyle Smith for the title in the first-ever all-European men’s final in the Pinty’s GSOC series. Team Edin captured a total of three Pinty’s GSOC championships in 2016-17 to claim the Bonus Cup. They also earned silver last season at the world championship.


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 champion capturing his first as a member of Wayne Middaugh’s team and winning two as a skip. The team won two titles on the World Curling Tour last season.


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 | Gushue captured his first career Brier title in his hometown last season and followed that up by posting a perfect record at the world championship to bring home gold for Canada. Team Gushue won the Canadian Open title in January.


TEAM HOWARD
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
glenn
Glenn
Howard
muirhead
Glen
Muirhead
mathers
David
Mathers
scott howard
Scott
Howard

PENETANGUISHENE, ON | Howard is a four-time world champion and captured his 17th Ontario Tankard last season. He has also earned 16 titles in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series, second only to Kevin Martin (18). Team Howard competed in the Tour Challenge Tier 2 division in 2016 and finished runner-up to provincial rival Team Balsdon of Kingston. Muirhead is filling in for third Richard Hart.


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

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON | Jacobs capped the 2016-17 season winning the Humpty’s Champions Cup for his third career Pinty’s GSOC title. The team also scored the National title last year in their hometown. Jacobs is the reigning Olympic champion and won the Brier in 2013.


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

CALGARY, AB | The members of Team Koe have captured a combined 40 titles in the Pinty’s GSOC series. Koe came close to adding to that total finishing runner-up at the season-ending Champions Cup last season. The team won the Brier and world titles in 2016, but had to settle for silver at the Canadian men’s championship this year.


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

SASKATOON, SK | Laycock has represented Saskatchewan six times at the Brier. Dunstone, a two-time Canadian junior champion from Winnipeg, joined Team Laycock late last season.


TEAM MCCORMICK
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
mccormick
Heath
McCormick
plys
Christopher
Plys
dropkin
Korey
Dropkin
howell
Thomas
Howell

BLAINE, USA | McCormick had a strong tour season last year winning four titles. Dropkin and Howell earned silver at the world junior curling championships in 2016.


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, won his 11th career title in the Pinty’s GSOC series last season at the Princess Auto Elite 10. For Cotter and Griffith 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 SHUSTER
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
shuster
John
Shuster
george
Tyler
George
hamilton
Matt
Hamilton
landsteiner
John
Landsteiner

DULUTH, USA | Team Shuster captured the U.S. national title last season and just missed the podium at the worlds finishing fourth. Shuster is a three-time Olympian capturing the bronze medal in 2006.


TEAM SIMMONS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
simmons
Pat
Simmons
lott
Colton
Lott
doering
Kyle
Doering
gordon
Robbie
Gordon

WINNIPEG, MB | Simmons is a two-time Brier champion and one-time world bronze medallist. The 42-year-old from Moose Jaw, SK, joined up with the young trio of Lott, Doering and Gordon this season.


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

STIRLING, SCO | It was a breakout season on tour in 2016-17 for Smith, who captured the Oakville OCT Fall Classic and finished runner-up to Edin at the Tour Challenge Tier 1. The team captured the world junior curling championship in 2013. They will represent Great Britain at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


TEAM WALSTAD
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
walstad
Steffen
Walstad
hoiberg
Markus
Hoiberg
nedregotten
Magnus
Nedregotten
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Magnus
Vagberg

OPPDAL, NOR | Team Walstad dethroned Team Ulsrud for the Norwegian men’s championship last season and represented the country at the worlds. Walstad won gold medals at the Winter Universiade and World Mixed Championship in 2015.