Teams announced for 2020 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton

The field has been finalized for the 2020 Meridian Canadian Open returning Jan. 14-19 to the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, Sask.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling announced Tuesday the full lineup of 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams for its fourth event and third major of the 2019-20 season.

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Teams were invited based on both the WCF World Team Ranking total and year-to-date lists. One spot in each division was reserved for the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 2 winners. Team Korey Dropkin of the United States and Team Min-ji Kim of South Korea won the titles in Pictou County, N.S., in November receiving promotions into the top tier with airfare and accommodations provided for the four players on each team.

A $300,000 combined purse, split equally between the men’s and women’s divisions, is on the line. Winners cash in $35,000 plus berth towards the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup in Olds, Alta. Points are also up for grabs towards the Pinty’s Cup, which is the season championship in the series and awarded following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship.

The Meridian Canadian Open features a triple knockout preliminary round where teams must win three games before they lose three games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will advance to the quarterfinals. The opening round of matches will be set in the near future.

Full-event and weekend passes are now available, visit meridian.goigniter.com to purchase your pass today. Single draw tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Yorkton hosted the event in 2014 and 2015. Team Brendan Bottcher and Team Rachel Homan are the defending champions picking up the titles last season in North Battleford, Sask.

Can’t make it to Yorkton? Broadcast coverage of the 2020 Meridian Canadian Open begins Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. ET on Sportsnet and streaming online at Sportsnet NOW (Canada) or Yare (international).

The series just wrapped up its third event of the season, the Boost National, in Conception Bay South, N.L. Team Brad Jacobs beat Team Niklas Edin 3-1 in the men’s final and Team Hasselborg downed Team Jennifer Jones 7-3 for the women’s title Sunday. It was the second consecutive GSOC titles this season for Jacobs and Hasselborg, who also captured the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1 titles last month.

Meridian Canadian Open men’s teams

Team

Hometown

Team Brendan Bottcher

Edmonton, AB

Team Peter de Cruz

Geneva, SUI

Team Korey Dropkin

Chaska, USA

Team Matt Dunstone

Regina, SK

Team Niklas Edin

Karlstad, SWE

Team John Epping

Toronto, ON

Team Jason Gunnlaugson

Winnipeg, MB

Team Brad Gushue

St. John’s, NL

Team Glenn Howard

Penetanguishene, ON

Team Brad Jacobs

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Team Kevin Koe

Calgary, AB

Team Mike McEwen

Winnipeg, MB

Team Bruce Mouat

Edinburgh, SCO

Team Kirk Muyres

Saskatoon, SK

Team Ross Paterson

Glasgow, SCO

Team Yannick Schwaller

Bern, SUI

Meridian Canadian Open women’s teams

Team

Hometown

Team Chelsea Carey

Calgary, AB

Team Kerri Einarson

Gimli, MB

Team Tracy Fleury

East St. Paul, MB

Team Satsuki Fujisawa

Kitami, JPN

Team Anna Hasselborg

Sundbyberg, SWE

Team Rachel Homan

Ottawa, ON

Team Jennifer Jones

Winnipeg, MB

Team Min-ji Kim

Chuncheon, KOR

Team Alina Kovaleva

Saint Petersburg, RUS

Team Eve Muirhead

Stirling, SCO

Team Kelsey Rocque

Edmonton, AB

Team Nina Roth

McFarland, USA

Team Elena Stern

Oberwallis, SUI

Team Silvana Tirinzoni

Aarau, SUI

Team Laura Walker

Edmonton, ON

Team Sayaka Yoshimura

Sapporo, JPN


 

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