TSN Skins Game

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Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game
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Established 1986
Host city Banff, Alberta
Arena The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre
2015 men's champion Team Brad Jacobs
2015 women's champion Team Rachel Homan
Current edition
2015 Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game

The TSN Curling Skins Game is an annual curling bonspiel hosted by The Sports Network. "Skins" curling had been developed as a way to make curling more interesting on TV during the time before the free guard zone rule was implemented. The bonspiel was held annually from 1986 to 2003 before being revived as the Casino Rama Curling Skins Game in 2007. In 2013, Dominion of Canada took over naming rights to the event, which also shifted into an all-star format featuring teams of top Canadian curling players.

In skins curling, teams compete for "skins" rather than points. A team can win a skin by stealing an end or scoring two or more points in an end while with the hammer.

History[edit]

The first Skins Game was held in 1986 in Newmarket, Ontario.

McCain TSN Skins Game[edit]

In 1989, McCain Foods Limited teamed up with TSN, and the tournament became known as the "McCain TSN Skins Game." The tournament was held every year until 2004. The McCain skins event involved four teams: the defending champion, the defending Brier champion, and the winner of an east and west Superspiel.

A women's skins game was also held from 1996 to 2003 and was sponsored by JVC.

Casino Rama TSN Skins Game[edit]

After three years of the event's absence, TSN revived the event in December 2007, with Casino Rama as the main sponsor. It has been held at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre ever since. From 2007 to 2011, it had a total cash purse of $100,000. It was reduced to $75,000 in 2012, but was increased back to $100,000 in 2013.[1]

The 2007 event was held on December 8th and 9th and featured the teams of 2006 Olympic Champion Brad Gushue, 1987, 1993 & 2007 World Champion Glenn Howard, 2002 Olympic silver medalist Kevin Martin and 1993 & 1998 World Champion Wayne Middaugh. The second edition was held January 10th and 11th, 2009 and featured defending champion (and 2008 World Champion) Kevin Martin, Howard, 1989, 2002, 2003 & 2005 World Champion Randy Ferbey, and for the first time, a women's team, skipped by 2008 World Women's Champion, Jennifer Jones. The 2010 event was notable for the victory of the World Champion David Murdoch rink, who became the first non-Canadian to skip the winning skins game team. The 2011 event included the Olympic women's silver medalist team Cheryl Bernard, the second women's team to appear at the Skins Game.[2]

All-Star Curling Skins Game[edit]

In 2013, the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company became the title sponsor of the event, and the name of the event was adjusted to The Dominion All-Star Curling Skins Game.[1] The format of the event was preserved, but the new event established new qualification rules which would put together four all-star teams from the top ten teams in the Canadian Curling Association's rankings.

During the 2013 broadcast it was announced future Dominion All-Star Curling Skins Games would be held at a different location, to be announced.[3]

The Travelers Companies took over sponsorship of the event for 2014 (which was held in Banff, Alberta) following its acquisition of The Dominion. Food brand Pinty's acquired title sponsorship for 2015.[4]

Competition format[edit]

The event consists of three games, two semifinals games and one final game. Each game consists of eight ends of play, and each end is worth a different amount of money. The winners of the two semifinals games will compete in the final.

From 2007 to 2012, the event consisted of four teams that were invited by the sponsors. They usually included the defending champion, the most recent Brier champion and/or the most recent World Champion. Occasionally a woman's team was invited. In 2013, the teams will be selected based on fan voting on TSN's website, similar to All-Star games in other sports.[1] The top ten teams on the CCA rankings system in the previous year are nominated, and the top four skip selections based on fan voting will participate in a draw two days prior to the event. Each skip in turn chose players from the top four third, second and lead selections based on fan voting, and the four All-Star teams will compete in the established format.[5]

Past champions[edit]

Men[edit]

McCain TSN Skins Game
Event Champion skip Host Winnings (CAD)
1986 Ed Werenich Newmarket, Ontario $16,000
1987 Ed Lukowich Thunder Bay, Ontario $19,250
1988 Ed Werenich Brandon, Manitoba $22,900
1989 Mark Dacey Winnipeg, Manitoba $28,000
1990 Ed Werenich Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island $38,750
1991 Russ Howard Calgary, Alberta $42,250
1992 Russ Howard Quebec City, Quebec $37,300
1993 Russ Howard Ottawa, Ontario $37,000
1994 Ed Werenich Saskatoon, Saskatchewan $45,750
1995 Wayne Middaugh Halifax, Nova Scotia $45,750
1996 Wayne Middaugh Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario $64,800
1997 Kevin Martin Cranbrook, British Columbia $46,900
1998 Kevin Martin St. John's, Newfoundland $50,450
1999 Wayne Middaugh Whitehorse, Yukon $58,900
2000 Greg McAulay Fredericton, New Brunswick $66,100
2001 Glenn Howard Barrie, Ontario $77,200
2002 Randy Ferbey Grande Prairie, Alberta $79,500
2003 Wayne Middaugh Gimli, Manitoba $88,000
2004 Kevin Martin Bathurst, New Brunswick $100,500
Casino Rama TSN Skins Game
Event Host Champion team Winnings (CAD) Purse (CAD)
2007 Rama, Ontario Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert $61,000 $100,000
2009 Rama, Ontario Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer, Marcel Rocque $70,000 $100,000
2010 Rama, Ontario David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith, Euan Byers $70,500 $100,000
2011 Rama, Ontario Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert $57,000 $100,000
2012 Rama, Ontario Kevin Koe, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft, Nolan Thiessen $43,900 $75,000
The Dominion All-Star Curling Skins Game
Event Host Champion team Winnings (CAD) Purse (CAD)
2013 Rama, Ontario Glenn Howard, John Morris, Carter Rycroft, Steve Gould $51,500 $100,000
Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game
Event Host Champion team Winnings (CAD) Purse (CAD)
2014 Banff, Alberta Jeff Stoughton, David Nedohin, Brent Laing, Ryan Harnden $70,500 $100,000
Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game
Event Host Champion team Winnings (CAD) Purse (CAD)
2015 Banff, Alberta Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E. J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden $65,500 $100,000

Women[edit]

JVC TSN Women's Skin Game
Year Champion skip Winnings (CAD)
1996 Heather Houston $34,700
1997 Shannon Kleibrink $46,000
1998 Sandra Schmirler $46,500
1999 Sherry Anderson $64,250
2001 Sherry Middaugh $44,850
2000 Kelley Law $51,700
2002 Kelley Law $50,750
2003 Sherry Middaugh $65,000
Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game
Event Host Champion team Winnings (CAD) Purse (CAD)
2015 Banff, Alberta Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, Lisa Weagle $52,000 $100,000

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Dominion becomes title sponsor of TSN Skins Game". TSN Curling. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ TSN.ca Staff. "Olympic Medallists to Square Off at TSN Curling Skins Game". TSN.ca. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Skins game ends six-year run at Casino Rama". Barrie Examiner. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pinty's named title sponsor for TSN All-Star Curling Skins Game". TSN.ca. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Dominion All-Star Curling Skins Game". TSN.ca. Retrieved 5 November 2012.