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Grand Slam of Curling
Grand Slam of Curling logo.png
Established 2001–02 (Men's)
2006–07 (Women's)
Events 7
2017–18 Bonus Cup Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue (Men's)
Manitoba Jennifer Jones (Women's)

The Grand Slam of Curling (currently known as the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling) is a series of curling bonspiels that are a part of the annual World Curling Tour. Grand Slam events offer a purse of at least CAD$100,000, and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the World. The Grand Slam was instituted during the 2001-02 season for men and 2006-07 for women, but some of the Grand Slam events have longer histories as bonspiels.

Grand Slam games are played in eight ends, instead of the standard 10 ends seen in other major international tournaments. This came into effect for the 2006-07 season.

The Grand Slam of Curling was previously operated by the sports media company Insight Sports. In August 2012, Rogers Media, through its Sportsnet division, acquired the series. As such, television rights to the series have also defaulted to Sportsnet, though certain events may still air championship rounds on CBC.[1][2][3]

The Grand Slam season consists of seven men's and women's events. The original four events (Masters, Canadian Open, National, and Players' Championship) are considered to be "majors".[4] The other three slams (Elite 10, Tour Challenge, and Champions Cup) have unique formats that set them apart from other events on the World Curling Tour.

Current Grand Slams[edit]

Elite 10[edit]

The Elite 10 was introduced as a men's event in 2015, and added to the women's side in March 2018. The Elite 10 uses a unique match play format, similar to skins curling.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2015 Manitoba Mike McEwen Fort McMurray, Alberta
2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Colwood, British Columbia
2017 British Columbia John Morris Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2018 (Mar.) Manitoba Mike McEwen Winnipeg, Manitoba
2018 (Sep.) Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Sweden Anna Hasselborg Chatham, Ontario

Tour Challenge[edit]

The GSOC Tour Challenge was introduced as a men's and women's event in the 2015–16 curling season. The Tour Challenge has two tiers, with the bottom tier including regional invitations. The Tier 2 winning team qualifies for a subsequent grand slam.

Champions

The winning skip for Tier 1 is listed above the Tier 2 winnng skip.

Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2015 Alberta Kevin Koe Switzerland Silvana Tirinzoni Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador
British Columbia Jim Cotter Manitoba Kerri Einarson
2016 Sweden Niklas Edin Alberta Valerie Sweeting Cranbrook, British Columbia
Ontario Greg Balsdon Ontario Jacqueline Harrison
2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Alberta Valerie Sweeting Regina, Saskatchewan
Manitoba Jason Gunnlaugson Manitoba Kerri Einarson
2018     Thunder Bay, Ontario
   

Masters[edit]

The Masters was introduced as a men's event 2002, and was added to the women's side in 2012.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2002 Saskatchewan Bruce Korte Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
2003 (Jan) Alberta Kevin Martin Sudbury, Ontario
2003 (Dec) Ontario Wayne Middaugh Sudbury, Ontario
2004 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton Humboldt, Saskatchewan
2006 (Feb) Alberta Randy Ferbey St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2006 (Dec) Ontario Glenn Howard Waterloo, Ontario
2008 (Jan.) Ontario Glenn Howard Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2008 (Nov.) Ontario Glenn Howard Waterloo, Ontario
2009 Ontario Glenn Howard Mississauga, Ontario
2010 Manitoba Mike McEwen Windsor, Ontario
2011 Ontario Glenn Howard Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2012 Alberta Kevin Koe Ontario Rachel Homan Brantford, Ontario
2013 Ontario Glenn Howard Ontario Rachel Homan Abbotsford, British Columbia
2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Manitoba Valerie Sweeting Selkirk, Manitoba
2015 Manitoba Mike McEwen Ontario Rachel Homan Truro, Nova Scotia
2016 Sweden Niklas Edin Ontario Allison Flaxey Okotoks, Alberta
2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Manitoba Jennifer Jones Llyodminster, Saskatchewan
2018     Truro, Nova Scotia

National[edit]

The National was introduced as a men's event in 2002, and was added to the women's side in 2015.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2002 Ontario Glenn Howard Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2003 Quebec Pierre Charette Humboldt, Saskatchewan
2004 Ontario Glenn Howard Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
2004 (Nov.)1 Alberta Kevin Martin Hamilton, Ontario
2005 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2007 (Mar.) Alberta Kevin Martin Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2007 (Dec.) Alberta Kevin Martin Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2008 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Quebec City, Quebec
2010 (Jan.) Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Guelph, Ontario
2010 (Dec.) Alberta Kevin Martin Vernon, British Columbia
2012 Ontario Glenn Howard Dawson Creek, British Columbia
2013 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
2014 (Mar.) Ontario Glenn Howard Fort McMurray, Alberta
2014 (Nov.) Manitoba Mike McEwen Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Ontario Rachel Homan Oshawa, Ontario
2016 Ontario Brad Jacobs Manitoba Kerri Einarson Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2017 Scotland Bruce Mouat Manitoba Jennifer Jones Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
2018     Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

1 There was no National in the 2004-2005 season, but the BDO Curling Classic was held. It returned to its original name in the 2005-2006 season. The words "BDO Classic" were added to the name of the Canadian Open.

Canadian Open[edit]

The Canadian Open was introduced as a men's event in 2001, and was added to the women's side in 2014.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2001 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Wainwright, Alberta
2002 Alberta Kevin Martin Thunder Bay, Ontario
2003 Ontario Glen Despins Brandon, Manitoba
2005 Alberta Kevin Martin Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 (Jan.) Alberta Kevin Martin Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 (Dec.) Alberta Kevin Martin Quebec City, Quebec
2009 Ontario Glenn Howard Winnipeg, Manitoba
2010 Alberta Kevin Martin Winnipeg, Manitoba
2011 (Jan.) Manitoba Mike McEwen Oshawa, Ontario
2011 (Dec.) Manitoba Mike McEwen Kingston, Ontario
2012 Ontario Glenn Howard Kelowna, British Columbia
2013 Alberta Kevin Koe Medicine Hat, Alberta
2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Scotland Eve Muirhead Yorkton, Saskatchewan
2015 Ontario John Epping Ontario Rachel Homan Yorkton, Saskatchewan
2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Alberta Casey Scheidegger North Battleford, Saskatchewan
2018 Switzerland Peter de Cruz Alberta Chelsea Carey Camrose, Alberta
2019     North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Players' Championship[edit]

The Players' Championship, the oldest tournament on the men's Grand Slam of Curling, was introduced as a men's event in 1993, and added to the women's side in 2006.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
1993 Ontario Russ Howard Calgary, Alberta
1994 Alberta Kevin Martin Calgary, Alberta
1995 (Apr.) Saskatchewan Murray McEachern Selkirk, Manitoba
1995 (Dec.) Ontario Wayne Middaugh Jasper, Alberta
1997 Ontario Russ Howard Winnipeg, Manitoba
1998 Alberta Kevin Martin Fort McMurray, Alberta
1999 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Winnipeg, Manitoba
2000 Alberta Kevin Martin Winnipeg, Manitoba
2001 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Calgary, Alberta
2002 Ontario Wayne Middaugh Strathroy, Ontario
2003 Manitoba Jeff Stoughton Leduc, Alberta
2004 British Columbia John Morris St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2005 Alberta Kevin Martin St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2006 Alberta Randy Ferbey Manitoba Jennifer Jones Calgary, Alberta
2007 Alberta Kevin Martin Manitoba Jennifer Jones Calgary, Alberta
2008 Ontario Glenn Howard Saskatchewan Amber Holland St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2009 Alberta Randy Ferbey Manitoba Jennifer Jones Grande Prairie, Alberta
2010 Alberta Kevin Martin Alberta Cheryl Bernard Dawson Creek, British Columbia
2011 Alberta Kevin Martin Manitoba Jennifer Jones Grande Prairie, Alberta
2012 Ontario John Epping Saskatchewan Stefanie Lawton Summerside, Prince Edward Island
2013 Ontario Glenn Howard Scotland Eve Muirhead Toronto, Ontario
2014 Alberta Kevin Martin Manitoba Jennifer Jones Summerside, Prince Edward Island
2015 Ontario Brad Jacobs Scotland Eve Muirhead Toronto, Ontario
2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Scotland Eve Muirhead Toronto, Ontario
2017 Sweden Niklas Edin Scotland Eve Muirhead Toronto, Ontario
2018 Alberta Kevin Koe United States Jamie Sinclair Toronto, Ontario
2019     Toronto, Ontario

Champions Cup[edit]

The Champions Cup was introduced as a men's and women's event in the 2015–16 curling season. The Champions Cup is contested by champions of various Grand Slam, Season of Champions, World Curling Tour, and other events throughout the season.

Champions
Year Men's winning skip Women's winning skip Location
2016 Manitoba Reid Carruthers Manitoba Jennifer Jones Sherwood Park, Alberta
2017 Ontario Brad Jacobs Ontario Rachel Homan Calgary, Alberta
2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Ontario Rachel Homan Calgary, Alberta
2019     Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Statistics: Grand Slams won[edit]

This is a list of Grand Slam events won per player, including Players' Championships won prior to the creation of the Grand Slam.

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Men[edit]

Key of colours
Colour Explanation
Player currently active on the WCT

As of the Sept. 2018 Elite 10 Cup

Player TC Mast. Nat. CO E10 PC CC Total
Kevin Martin 0 1 4 5 0 8 0 18
Glenn Howard 0 6 4 2 0 4 0 16
Wayne Middaugh 0 3 4 2 0 6 0 15
Brent Laing 1 6 3 2 0 3 0 15
Mark Nichols 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 12
Craig Savill 0 6 2 2 0 2 0 12
Marc Kennedy 1 0 2 3 0 6 0 12
Ben Hebert 1 0 3 3 0 5 0 12
Brad Gushue 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 11
John Morris 0 0 3 3 1 4 0 11
Brett Gallant 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 10
Geoff Walker 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 10
Scott Bailey 0 1 2 1 0 5 0 9
Richard Hart 0 4 2 1 0 1 0 8
Carter Rycroft 0 2 1 3 0 2 0 8
Don Walchuk 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 7
Don Bartlett 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 7
Mike McEwen 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 7
B. J. Neufeld 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 7
Matt Wozniak 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 7
Denni Neufeld 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 7
Graeme McCarrel 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 6
Jon Mead 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 5
Ian Tetley 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 5
Kevin Koe 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 5
Ryan Fry 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 4
Marcel Rocque 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4
Jeff Stoughton 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4
David Nedohin 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4
John Epping 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3
Niklas Edin 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Brad Jacobs 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3
Oskar Eriksson 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Rasmus Wranå 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
E. J. Harnden 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3
Christoffer Sundgren 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Ryan Harnden 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3
Randy Ferbey 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3
Scott Pfeifer 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3
Gary Van Den Berghe 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Reid Carruthers 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Russ Howard 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Peter Corner 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Collin Mitchell 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Jason Mitchell 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Phil Loevenmark 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Steve Gould 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Nolan Thiessen 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Pat Simmons 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2

Women[edit]

Key of colours
Colour Explanation
Player currently active on the WCT

As of the 2018 Champions Cup; Minimum 2 wins

Player AG* ML&L* CS* Mast. TC Nat'l. CO PC CC Sobey's* WT* Total
Jennifer Jones 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 1 1 1 15
Jill Officer 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 1 1 1 15
Dawn McEwen 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 5 1 1 1 15
Kaitlyn Lawes 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 10
Cathy Overton-Clapham 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 9
Rachel Homan 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7
Emma Miskew 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7
Lisa Weagle 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 7
Eve Muirhead 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 6
Vicki Adams 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 6
Anna Sloan 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5
Stefanie Lawton 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Sherry Anderson 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
Joanne Courtney 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
Sherri Singler 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Marliese Kasner 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Sarah Reid 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 4
Valerie Sweeting 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Kelly Scott 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Rachelle Brown 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dana Ferguson 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jeanna Schraeder 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Sasha Carter 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Chelsey Matson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Shannon Kleibrink 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sherry Middaugh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Chelsea Carey 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Lori Olson-Johns 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Amy Nixon 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Alison Kreviazuk 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Bronwen Webster 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Claire Hamilton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Renee Simons 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Note: Totals due not include wins prior to the first Grand Slam season of 2006-07.

Former Grand Slams[edit]

Sobeys Slam[edit]

The Sobeys Slam was held as a Grand Slam event on three occasions in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Champions
Year Winning skip
2007 Sherry Middaugh
2008 Marie-France Larouche
2009 Not held
2010 Jennifer Jones

Wayden Transportation Ladies Classic[edit]

The Wayden Transportation Ladies Classic was held annually in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and was held nine times before it was discontinued.

Champions
Year Winning skip
2000 Shannon Kleibrink
2001 Shannon Kleibrink
2002 Kelly Scott
2003 Kelly Scott
2004 Kelley Law
2005 Janet Harvey
2006 Stefanie Lawton
2007 Kelly Scott
2008 Jennifer Jones

Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic[edit]

The Manitoba Women's Curling Classic was held in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and was held eight times as a Grand Slam tournament. It was removed from the Grand Slam lineup starting in the 2014–15 curling season.

Champions
Year Winning skip Runner-up skip
2004 Cheryl Bernard Shannon Kleibrink
2005 Jennifer Jones Shannon Kleibrink
2006 Sherry Anderson Jennifer Jones
2007 Shannon Kleibrink Jennifer Jones
2008 Michelle Englot Kelly Scott
2009 Kelly Scott Jennifer Jones
2010 Chelsea Carey Cathy Overton-Clapham
2011 Renée Sonnenberg Heather Nedohin
2012 Stefanie Lawton Rachel Homan
2013 Jennifer Jones Jill Thurston

Curlers' Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic[edit]

The Autumn Gold Curling Classic is held annually in Calgary, Alberta, and has been held 37 times (as of 2014). It offers a total purse of $50,000. It was removed from the Grand Slam lineup starting in the 2015–16 curling season.

Champions since 1986
Year Winning skip Runner-up skip
1986 Marilyn Bodogh
1987 Jan Wiltzen
1988 Michelle Schneider
1989 Kerrylynn Richards
1990 Cheryl Bernard
1991 Sandra Peterson
1992 Michelle Schneider
1993 Sherry Scheirich
1994 Michelle Schneider
1995 Elisabet Gustafson
1996 Shannon Kleibrink
1997 Heather Rankin
1998 Kim Gellard Amber Holland
1999 Cathy Borst Bronwen Saunders
2000 Amber Holland Shannon Kleibrink
2001 Cathy King Cheryl Bernard
2002 Heather Nedohin Cheryl Bernard
2003 Sherry Anderson Cathy King
2004 Stefanie Lawton Cheryl Bernard
2005 Jenn Hanna Jan Betker
2006 Kelly Scott Crystal Webster
2007 Jennifer Jones Shannon Kleibrink
2008 Shannon Kleibrink Cheryl Bernard
2009 Jennifer Jones Wang Bingyu
2010 Wang Bingyu Desirée Owen
2011 Cathy Overton-Clapham Amy Nixon
2012 Sherry Middaugh Rachel Homan
2013 Eve Muirhead Wang Bingyu
2014 Jennifer Jones Rachel Homan

Colonial Square Ladies Classic[edit]

The Colonial Square Ladies Classic is held annually in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has been held since 1981. It officially became a Grand Slam event in 2012. It was removed from the Grand Slam lineup starting in the 2015–16 curling season.

Year Winning skip Runner-up skip
2004 Sherry Middaugh Renée Sonnenberg
2005 Stefanie Lawton Candace Chisholm
2006 Jennifer Jones Karen Purdy
2007 Stefanie Lawton Cathy King
2008 Stefanie Lawton Michelle Englot
2009 Stefanie Lawton Mirjam Ott
2010 Stefanie Lawton Jennifer Jones
2011 Crystal Webster Valerie Sweeting
2012 Stefanie Lawton Chelsea Carey
2013 Jennifer Jones Michèle Jäggi
2014 Eve Muirhead Sherry Middaugh

Pinty's Cup[edit]

Beginning with the 2012–13 season, at the end of the season, the top Grand Slam team wins the "Rogers Grand Slam Cup", where they are awarded $75,000. The cup was renamed to the "Bonus Cup" for the 2017–18 season, and then the "Pinty's Cup" in 2018–19. Teams accumulate points based on their performance in each of the slams except for the Champions Cup and Tour Challenge Tier 2.[6][7]

Season Men's winning skip Women's winning skip
2012–13 Ontario Glenn Howard Scotland Eve Muirhead
2013–14 Alberta Kevin Martin Manitoba Jennifer Jones
2014–15 Ontario Brad Jacobs Scotland Eve Muirhead
2015–16 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Ontario Rachel Homan
2016–17 Sweden Niklas Edin Alberta Valerie Sweeting
2017–18 Newfoundland and Labrador Brad Gushue Manitoba Jennifer Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sportsnet new owner of Grand Slam curling". The Curling News. 30 August 2012.
  2. ^ "BREAKING: Sportsnet, CBC back on curling ice". The Curling News. 29 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Grand Slam of Curling returns to CBC". CBC Sports. 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/playerschampionship/gushue-homan-headline-field-for-players-championship/
  5. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/grand-slam-of-curling-records/
  6. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/rogers-grand-slam-cup/
  7. ^ http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/2018-19-pintys-cup-standings/

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