Curling

Justin Piercy - Friday Nov. 1, 2013 09:00 ET

Grand Slam of Curling: 5 things you need to know

Masters event features some of the world's best curlers

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Glenn Howard, Eve Muirhead, Niklas Edin, and Jennifer Jones are just part of a star-studded field in Abbotsford, B.C. this weekend. (Getty Images/Canadian Press)

1. What is it?

The Masters is the opening event in the Grand Slam of Curling, a four-tournament series featuring the biggest names in the sport. This year’s Masters is being held in Abbotsford, B.C., from Oct. 29 through Nov. 3 with 15 teams on both the men’s and women’s sides fighting it out for a combined purse of $200,000.

2. Who's there and why is it important to them?

Every Canadian men’s and women’s rink that has qualified to compete at the Roar of the Rings – the Canadian Olympic qualifying tournament – will be in action at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. In addition to those 12 teams, some of the top international skips that will be at the Olympics will be there, making for a good benchmark of where teams are at three months before the Sochi Games.

Here’s a full list of the teams in action this weekend:

Men:

  • Glenn Howard – Penetanguishene, Ont.
  • Kevin Martin – Edmonton
  • Jeff Stoughton – Winnipeg
  • Kevin Koe – Calgary
  • John Epping – Toronto
  • Mike MacEwen – Winnipeg
  • Thomas Ulsrud – Norway
  • Niklas Edin – Sweden
  • Rui Liu – China
  • Sven Michel – Switzerland
  • David Murdoch – Scotland
  • Rasmus Stjerne – Denmark
  • Andrey Drozdov – Russia
  • Tyler George – USA
  • Peter DeBoer – New Zealand 


Women:

  • Jennifer Jones – Winnipeg
  • Heather Nedohin – Edmonton
  • Rachel Homan – Ottawa
  • Chelsea Carey – Winnipeg
  • Sherry Middaugh – Coldwater, Ont.
  • Stefanie  Lawton – Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Margaretha Sigfridsson – Sweden
  • Bingyu Wang – China
  • Satsuki Fujisawa – Japan
  • Ji-Sun Kim – South Korea
  • Anna Sidorova – Russia
  • Erika Brown – USA
  • Eve Muirhead – Scotland
  • Evita Regza – Latvia
  • Mirjam Ott – Switzerland 

3. Who isn’t there?

Noticeably absent are the Canadian men’s and women’s teams that will soon be on the ice in Kitchener, Ont. for the Road to the Roar. That’s Canada’s pre-Olympic qualifying tournament that will see 12 men’s and 12 women’s rinks battle for two spots apiece in the Roar of the Rings – the Olympic qualifying tourney. Some notable teams still looking for their shot at the Olympics and will miss the Masters event are reigning Brier champ Brad Jacobs, Olympic gold medallist Brad Gushue, and Olympic silver medallist Cheryl Bernard.

4. Why is that a bad thing for them?

Aside from the fact that they can’t win this event, teams not in attendance also don’t have a shot at claiming a $1M prize that can only be earned by sweeping all four Masters events.

5. How can I watch?

You can see the men’s quarter-final on Saturday and the men’s final on Sunday, live on CBC TV and streaming live at CBCSports.ca.

  • Click here to watch the men’s quarter-final stream on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET 
  • Click here to watch the men’s final stream on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET 

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