Players' Championship

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.

The Players' Championship
Established1993
2019 host cityToronto, Ontario
2019 arenaMattamy Athletic Centre
PurseCAD$150,000
2019 men's champion Brendan Bottcher
Current edition
2019 Players' Championship
Grand Slam of Curling events
Masters Canadian Open National Players' Championship
  Tour Challenge Champions Cup

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.

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.

Qualification

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.[4]

Format

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.[5] The event has been held in its current format since 2014.

Past champions

Men

YearWinning teamRunner-up teamLocationPurse
1993 Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Peter Corner Paul Savage, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Todd TsukamotoCalgary, Alberta
1994 Kevin Martin, Kevin Park, James Pahl, Don Bartlett Ed Werenich, John Kawaja, Pat Perroud, Neil HarrisonCalgary, Alberta
1995 (Apr.) Murray McEachern, Rick Schneider, Daryl Nixon, Larry Schneider Brad Heidt, Mark Dacey, Wayne Charteris, Dan OrmsbySelkirk, Manitoba$75,000
1995 (Dec.) Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey Dale Duguid, Dan Carey, Russ Hayes, Doug ArmstrongJasper, Alberta
1997 Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Scott Patterson, Phil Loevenmark Randy Woytowich, Kelly Yuzdopski, Brian McCusker, Ron PugsleyWinnipeg, Manitoba
1998 Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Rudy Ramcharan, Marcel Rocque Vic Peters, Dan Carey (?) Chris Neufeld, Don HarveyFort McMurray, Alberta$50,000
1999 Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Peter Corner, Neil HarrisonWinnipeg, Manitoba$100,000
2000 Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott BaileyWinnipeg, Manitoba$150,000
2001 Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don BartlettCalgary, Alberta$150,000
2002 Wayne Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley, Scott Bailey Vic Peters, Mark Olson, Chris Neufeld, Steve GouldStrathroy, Ontario$150,000
2003 Jeff Stoughton, Jon Mead, Gary Van Den Berghe, Jim Spencer John Morris, Joe Frans, Brent Laing, Craig SavillLeduc, Alberta$150,000
2004 John Morris, Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Paul Moffat Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don BartlettSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador$150,000
2005 Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Don Bartlett Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Mike Adam, Jamie KorabSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador$150,000
2006 Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque Kevin Martin, Don Walchuk, Carter Rycroft, Adam EnrightCalgary, Alberta$150,000
2007 Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert Blake MacDonald, Kevin Park, Carter Rycroft, Nolan ThiessenCalgary, Alberta$100,000
2008 Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben HebertSt. John's, Newfoundland$100,000
2009 Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque Glenn Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing, Craig SavillGrande Prairie, Alberta$100,000
2010 Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry, Jamie KorabDawson Creek, British Columbia$100,000
2011 Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, Viktor KjällGrande Prairie, Alberta$100,000
2012 John Epping, Scott Bailey, Scott Howard, David Mathers Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig SavillSummerside, Prince Edward Island$100,000
2013 Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing, Craig Savill Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni NeufeldToronto, Ontario$100,000
2014 Kevin Martin, Marc Kennedy, David Nedohin, Ben Hebert Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan HarndenSummerside, Prince Edward Island$100,000
2015 Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni NeufeldToronto, Ontario$100,000
2016 Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, Geoff Walker Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan HarndenToronto, Ontario$100,000
2017 Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer Sundgren Mike McEwen, B. J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak, Denni NeufeldToronto, Ontario$150,000
2018 Kevin Koe, Marc Kennedy, Brent Laing, Ben Hebert Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå, Christoffer SundgrenToronto, Ontario$150,000
2019 Brendan Bottcher, Darren Moulding, Bradley Thiessen, Karrick Martin Kevin Koe, B. J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch, Ben HebertToronto, Ontario$150,000

Women

YearWinning teamRunner-up teamLocationPurse
2006 Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Georgina Wheatcroft Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori BartelCalgary, Alberta$100,000
2007 Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee SimonsCalgary, Alberta$100,000
2008 Amber Holland, Kim Schneider, Tammy Schneider, Heather Seeley Krista McCarville, Tara George, Kari MacLean-Kraft, Lorraine LangSt. John's, Newfoundland$100,000
2009 Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Webster, Chelsey BellGrande Prairie, Alberta$100,000
2010 Cheryl Bernard, Susan O'Connor, Carolyn Darbyshire, Cori Bartel Crystal Webster, Lori Olson-Johns, Samantha Preston, Stephanie MalekoffDawson Creek, British Columbia$100,000
2011 Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn Askin Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa WeagleGrande Prairie, Alberta$100,000
2012 Stefanie Lawton, Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jenna Loder, Ashley Howard, Breanne MeakinSummerside, Prince Edward Island$100,000
2013 Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton Margaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Christina Bertrup, Maria WennerströmToronto, Ontario$100,000
2014 Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa WeagleSummerside, Prince Edward Island$100,000
2015 Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid Anna Sidorova, Margarita Fomina, Alexandra Saitova, Ekaterina GalkinaToronto, Ontario$100,000
2016 Eve Muirhead, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwenToronto, Ontario$100,000
2017 Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen Valerie Sweeting, Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle BrownToronto, Ontario$150,000
2018 Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger, Monica Walker Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwenToronto, Ontario$150,000
2019 Kerri Einarson, Valerie Sweeting, Shannon Birchard, Briane Meilleur Anna Hasselborg, Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia MabergsToronto, Ontario$150,000

References

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