2017 Tour Challenge: Tier 2 Men’s Teams

TIER 1: MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS

TIER 2: MEN’S TEAMS | WOMEN’S TEAMS


TEAM ACKERMAN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
ackerman
Jason
Ackerman
horwath
Curtis
Horwath
howard
Steven
Howard
deck
Scott
Deck

REGINA, SK | Ackerman skipped Saskatchewan to the 2012 Canadian mixed curling championship. Howard is the son of Russ Howard, a two-time world champion and 2006 Olympic gold medallist.


TEAM BALSDON
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
balsdon
Greg
Balsdon
bowser
Don
Bowser
beuk
Jonathan
Beuk
chadwick
Scott
Chadwick

KINGSTON, ON | Balsdon is the defending Tour Challenge Tier 2 champion winning last season’s event in Cranbrook, B.C. The team won two other World Curling Tour events in 2016-17.


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

EDMONTON, AB | Team Bottcher captured their first provincial title last season winning the Boston Pizza Cup and represented Alberta at the Tim Hortons Brier. Bottcher is the 2012 world junior champion and 2013 Winter Universiade bronze medallist.


TEAM BROWN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
brown
Craig
Brown
nernberger
Kroy
Nernberger
smith
Jason
Smith
beighton
Sean
Beighton

BLAINE, USA | Brown has represented the U.S. twice at the world championship. He served as the alternate for the U.S. team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


TEAM CASEY
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
casey
Adam
Casey
montgomery
Brock
Montgomery
meachem
Shaun
Meachem
kidby
Dustin
Kidby

REGINA, SK | The P.E.I. native Casey joined the club last season and skipped them to the Saskatchewan provincial title. Casey has competed at the Brier in the past six seasons.


TEAM DECONINCK SMITH
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
deconinck smith
Carl
deConinck Smith
sharp
Jeff
Sharp
scharback
Brady
Scharback
larsen
Mark
Larsen

ROSETOWN, SK | The team won the Original 16 WCT Bonspiel in Calgary last season. Sharp won four consecutive provincial championships from 2005-08 playing with Pat Simmons.


TEAM DERUELLE
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
deruelle
Dayna
Deruelle
flewwelling
Kevin
Flewwelling
staples
David
Staples
harrison
Sean
Harrison

KINGSTON, ON | Team Deruelle picked up two titles on tour last season winning the COMCO Cash Spiel and the Port Elgin Superspiel. Staples also captured the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title filling in on Team Balsdon.


TEAM DRUMMOND
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
drummond
Greg
Drummond
paterson
Ross
Paterson
cannon
Gregor
Cannon
goodfellow
Michael
Goodfellow

STIRLING, SCO | Olympic silver medallists Drummond and Goodfellow previously played with David Murdoch, who retired from competitive curling after last season. Paterson moves over from Team Brewster and Cannon switches from Team Mouat.


TEAM FLASCH
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
flasch
Colton
Flasch
kevin marsh
Kevin
Marsh
daniel marsh
Daniel
Marsh
knapp
Trent
Knapp

SASKATOON, SK | Flasch, a three-time Saskatchewan provincial champion, previously played second for Team Laycock before branching out to skip his own squad. Flasch won the Canadian junior title in 2011.

TEAM GUNNLAUGSON
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
gunnlaugson
Jason
Gunnlaugson
forrest
Alex
Forrest
mcmillan
Ian
McMillan
njegovan
Connor
Njegovan

WINNIPEG, MB | Team Gunnlaugson holds a berth to the Canadian Olympic pre-trials. Forrest, McMillan, and Njegovan played with Matt Dunstone (now with Team Laycock) last season.


TEAM HEIDT
FOURTH SKIP SECOND LEAD
kody hartung
Kody
Hartung
heidt
Josh
Heidt
tyler hartung
Tyler
Hartung
kelly knapp
Kelly
Knapp

SASKATOON, SK | Heidt competed at the inaugural Tour Challenge Tier 2 in 2015. The team won the Goldline Saskatchewan Players Championship last season and finished fourth at the SaskTel Tankard.


TEAM JACOBSON
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
jacobson
Jason
Jacobson
jake hersikorn
Jake
Hersikorn
quinn hersikorn
Quinn
Hersikorn
nicklas neufeld
Nicklas
Neufeld

SASKATOON, SK | The team won the Medicine Hat Charity Classic tour event last season and finished runner-up at the Humboldt Cash Spiel. Jacobson is also a three-time Canadian Police Curling Championship winner.


TEAM LIU
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
liu
Rui
Liu
xu
Xiao Ming
Xu
jiang
Dongxu
Jiang
zang
Jian Liang
Zang

HARBIN, CHN | Liu has competed for China at the past two Winter Olympics. He is a six-time Pacific-Asia champion and has made seven appearances at the world championship.


TEAM LYBURN
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
lyburn
William
Lyburn
daneault
Richard
Daneault
kolomaya
Jared
Kolomaya
zawada
Braden
Zawada

WINNIPEG, MB | Lyburn is one of the “Original 18” skips of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series playing in the inaugural 2001-02 season. The team won the Brandon Men’s Spiel on tour last season.


TEAM THOMAS
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD
thomas
Charley
Thomas
lizmore
Mick
Lizmore
klassen
Brandon
Klassen
kidby
DJ
Kidby

EDMONTON, AB | Thomas won back-to-back world junior gold medals in 2006 and 2007. He also won the Canadian mixed doubles title in 2015 with Kalynn Park.