Players' Championship

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The Players' Championship is one of the final events on the World Curling Tour (WCT) and is a part of the Grand Slam of Curling.

Players' Championship
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Established1993
2019 host cityToronto, Ontario
2019 arenaMattamy Athletic Centre
PurseCAD $150,000
2019 men's championAlberta Brendan Bottcher
2019 women's championManitoba Kerri Einarson
Current edition
2019 Players' Championship

It is the second to last slam of the curling season, and the last of the four "majors".[1] The event was one of the original Grand Slam events when they were instituted in the 2001-02 season for men and for the 2006-07 season for women.

HistoryEdit

The event began as the "VO Cup" before the Grand Slam era in 1993, as part of the very first World Curling Tour season.[2] A women's event was introduced in 2006.[3]

From 2007 to 2009, it was a qualifying tournament for the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, and had barred foreign teams from entering (unlike the other Slams). Scotland's Eve Muirhead became the first non-Canadian skip to win the event in 2013, while Sweden's Niklas Edin became the first non Canadian skip to win the men's event in 2017.

To date, Edmonton's Kevin Martin has won the most Players' Championships with 8. On the women's side, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones (and her long-time second, Jill Officer) have won the most championships with 6.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the 2020 Players' Championship and the 2020 Champions Cup were cancelled.[4]

QualificationEdit

The top 12 teams on the men's and women's WCT year-to-date rankings respectively qualify for the event. Teams that decline their invitations are replaced by the next highest ranked team.[5]

FormatEdit

The 12 teams are split into two pools of six which compete in a round robin. The top 8 teams advance to a single game elimination playoff.[6] The event has been held in its current format since 2014.

Past championsEdit

MenEdit

Year Winning team Runner-up team Location Purse
1993   Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner   Paul Savage, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Todd Tsukamoto[7] Calgary, Alberta $120,000[8]
1994   Kevin Martin, Kevin Park, James Pahl, Don Bartlett   Ed Werenich, John Kawaja, Pat Perroud, Neil Harrison Calgary, Alberta
1995 (Apr.)   Murray McEachern, Rick Schneider, Daryl Nixon, Larry Schneider   Brad Heidt, Mark Dacey, Wayne Charteris, Dan Ormsby Selkirk, Manitoba $75,000
1995 (Dec.)   Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey   Dale Duguid, Dan Carey, Russ Hayes, Doug Armstrong Jasper, Alberta
1997   Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Scott Patterson, Phil Loevenmark   Randy Woytowich, Kelly Yuzdopski, Brian McCusker, Ron Pugsley Winnipeg, Manitoba
1998   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Rudy Ramcharan, Marcel Rocque   Vic Peters, Dave Smith (?) Chris Neufeld, Don Harvey Fort McMurray, Alberta $60,000[9]
1999   Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey   Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Peter Corner, Neil Harrison Winnipeg, Manitoba $100,000
2000   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett   Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey Winnipeg, Manitoba $150,000
2001   Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett Calgary, Alberta $150,000
2002   Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey   Vic Peters, Mark Olson, Chris Neufeld, Steve Gould Strathroy, Ontario $150,000
2003   Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Gary Van Den Berghe, Jim Spencer   John Morris, Joe Frans, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Leduc, Alberta $150,000
2004   John Morris, Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Paul Moffat   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador $150,000
2005   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett   Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Mike Adam, Jamie Korab St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador $150,000
2006   Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque   Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Adam Enright Calgary, Alberta $150,000
2007   Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert   Blake MacDonald, Kevin Park, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen Calgary, Alberta $100,000
2008   Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill   Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert St. John's, Newfoundland $100,000
2009   Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque   Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Grande Prairie, Alberta $100,000
2010   Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert   Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry, Jamie Korab Dawson Creek, British Columbia $100,000
2011   Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert   Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor Kjäll Grande Prairie, Alberta $100,000
2012   John Epping, Scott Bailey, Scott Howard, David Mathers   Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Summerside, Prince Edward Island $100,000
2013   Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig Savill   Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2014   Kevin Martin, Marc Kennedy, David Nedohin, Ben Hebert   Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden Summerside, Prince Edward Island $100,000
2015   Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden   Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2016   Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker   Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2017   Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren   Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni Neufeld Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2018   Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert   Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2019   Brendan Bottcher, Darren Moulding, Brad Thiessen, Karrick Martin   Kevin Koe, B. J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch, Ben Hebert Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2020 Cancelled[4]

WomenEdit

Year Winning team Runner-up team Location Purse
2006   Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Georgina Wheatcroft   Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel Calgary, Alberta $100,000
2007   Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin   Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons Calgary, Alberta $100,000
2008   Amber Holland, Kim Schneider, Tammy Schneider, Heather Seeley   Krista McCarville, Tara George, Kari MacLean-Kraft, Lorraine Lang St. John's, Newfoundland $100,000
2009   Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin   Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Webster, Chelsey Bell Grande Prairie, Alberta $100,000
2010   Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel   Crystal Webster, Lori Olson-Johns, Samantha Preston, Stephanie Malekoff Dawson Creek, British Columbia $100,000
2011   Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin   Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle Grande Prairie, Alberta $100,000
2012   Stefanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner   Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jenna Loder, Ashley Howard, Breanne Meakin Summerside, Prince Edward Island $100,000
2013   Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton   Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria Wennerström Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2014   Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen   Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle Summerside, Prince Edward Island $100,000
2015   Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid   Anna Sidorova, Margarita Fomina, Alexandra Saitova, Ekaterina Galkina Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2016   Eve Muirhead, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid   Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen Toronto, Ontario $100,000
2017   Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen   Val Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Brown Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2018   Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger, Monica Walker   Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2019   Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard, Briane Meilleur   Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs Toronto, Ontario $150,000
2020 Cancelled[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/gushue-homan-headline-field-for-players-championship/
  2. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/8-ends-players-championship-set-for-special-25th-anniversary/
  3. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/about-the-players-championship/
  4. ^ a b c "GSOC cancels remaining events of 2019–20 season". Grand Slam of Curling. Grand Slam of Curling. March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  5. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/qualification-for-the-players-championship/
  6. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/players-championship-format/
  7. ^ "Savage en route again to championship battle". Calgary Herald. February 21, 1993. p. F1. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "Icy Jackpot". Calgary Herald. February 22, 1993. p. C1. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "Martin wins World Tour championship". Red Deer Advocate. March 30, 1998. p. A8. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

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