TORONTO (January 9, 2020) Kicking off the New Year in sweeping fashion, the world’s best curlers are set to descend on Yorkton, SK, next week for the Meridian Canadian Open – the fourth event of the 2019-20 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season – from Jan.14-19. Exclusive TV and streaming coverage of the premier curling event begins January 16 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW.
Taking over the Gallagher Centre, the Meridian Canadian Open will feature 16 top men’s and 16 elite women’s teams from around the globe competing in the unique triple knockout format. Led by defending champions Team Bottcher (Edmonton, AB) and Team Homan (Ottawa), the Meridian Canadian Open will feature 11-time Grand Slam champion Team Gushue (St. John’s), 2019 World Champions Team Edin (Karlstad, SWE) and Team Tirinzoni (Aarau, SUI), reigning Olympic gold-medallists Team Hasselborg (Sundbyberg, SWE) and nine-time Grand Slam winner Team Jones (Winnipeg).
All participating teams will contend for a combined $300,000 prize purse and a berth into the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam event of the season. Full broadcast schedule and complete team lists are available online here.
Sportsnet Broadcast Team
Live from the heart of the action, Sportsnet’s expert curling commentators are set to deliver exclusive insight and analysts from Yorkton. Veteran play-by-play announcer Rob Faulds will be joined in the booth by celebrated Canadian Olympic medallists and curling analysts, Kevin Martin, Mike Harris, and Joan McCusker.
The race for the 2019-20 Pinty’s Cup continues in Saskatchewan. In the season-long battle between all men’s and women’s squads, teams compete to accumulate points according to their performances at each Grand Slam event. The men’s and women’s team that collects the highest total of points by the conclusion of the Princess Auto Players’ Championship in April will capture the winners’ share of the $300,000 Pinty’s Cup Bonus Pool and personalized championship rings to commemorate their win.
Interviews and Media Accreditation
Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling competitors and Sportsnet’s curling commentators are available to discuss the Meridian Canadian Open and 2019-20 Grand Slam season. For media accreditation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling
Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of six curling events, which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best men’s and women’s teams from across Canada and around the world. Awarding equal purses to both men’s and women’s teams since 2015, Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling presents $2.1 million in total prize money each season. For more events details, please visit the re-designed Grand Slam series website here.
Remaining events in the 2019-20 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series include:
- Princess Auto Players’ Championship – Toronto (April 7-12, 2020 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
- Humpty’s Champions Cup – Olds, AB (April 29-May 3, 2020 at Olds Sportsplex)
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