Curling Canada: How do teams qualify for 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Olympic Trials?

The 2022 Winter Olympics are just a few months away which means it is time to buckle down and figure out who will sport the maple leaf come February.

Curling begins its quest to find the best of the best beginning in September with the first bonspiel of the Olympic trial calendar. It all culminates with the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials in November where nine men’s and nine women’s rinks will compete to represent Canada in Beijing.

Here’s everything you need to know about qualifying for, and competing in, the Olympic trials for the four-person curling teams.

When and where are the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials?

  • Date: Nov. 20-28
  • Location: SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Sask.

The final event for four-player team qualifying will be held Nov. 20-28 in Saskatoon, Sask. Teams will compete in round-robin action with the top three teams advancing to the playoffs. The top team earns an automatic spot in the final and the second and third-place teams go head-to-head in the semifinal. The winner will represent Canada.

Who has qualified for the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials?

A number of teams have already qualified with a few spots remaining. Due to the pandemic, new events were created to find the cream of the crop. It should be noted that the 2020 Canda Cup was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the winning teams from 2019 have earned slots.

Men’s

  • 2019 Canada Cup: John Epping (Toronto, Ont.)
  • 2020 Tim Hortons Brier: Brad Gushue (St. John’s, Nfld.)
  • Ranked in top three of 2018-19 Canadian Team Ranking System: Brendan Bottcher (Edmonton, Alta.), Kevin Koe (Calgary, Alta.)
  • Ranked in top three of 2019-20 Canadian Team Ranking System: Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
  • 2021 Tim Hortons Brier: Brendan Bottcher
  • Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event: Two teams
  • Home Hardware Pre-Trials qualifier: Two teams

Women’s

  • 2019 Canada Cup: Rachel Homan (Ottawa, Ont.)
  • 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Kerri Einarson (Gimli, Man.)
  • Ranked in top three of 2019-20 Canadian Team Ranking System: Tracy Fleury (East St. Paul, Man.), Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Kerri Einarson
  • Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event: Three teams 
  • Home Hardware Pre-Trials qualifier: Two teams

How do teams still qualify for the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials?

OK, here is where things get a bit tricky. There are three events that will occur between September and October for qualification. One earns automatic berths in the trials, the other sends winners to the pre-trials qualifier.

2021 Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event

Two men’s rinks and three women’s rinks will advance directly to the trials in November. The teams that do not qualify compete in the Pre-Trials.

  • Date: Sept. 22-26
  • Location: RA Centre in Ottawa, Ont.
  • Live stream: YouTube channel

Women’s teams:

  • Suzanne Birt (Charlottetown, P.E.I)
  • Corryn Brown (Kamloops, B.C.)
  • Kelsey Rocque (Edmonton, Alta.)
  • Casey Scheidegger (Lethbridge, Alta.)
  • Laura Walker (Edmonton, Alta.)

Men’s teams:

  • Matt Dunstone (Regina, Sask.)
  • Colton Flasch (Saskatoon, Sask.)
  • Jason Gunnlaugson (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Glenn Howard (Penetanguishene, Ont.)
  • Mike McEwen (Winnipeg, Man.)

2021 Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will compete in a triple-knockout draw. Two men’s teams and two women’s teams will head to the Home Hardware Pre-Trials.

  • Date: Sept. 22-26
  • Location: RA Centre in Ottawa, Ont.
  • Live stream: YouTube channel

Women’s teams:

  • Abby Ackland (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Jill Brothers (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, N.W.T.)
  • Ashley Howard (Saskatoon, Sask.)
  • Lauren Mann (Ottawa, Ont.)
  • Jessie Hunkin (formerly Team Robyn Silvernagle) (North Battleford, Sask.)
  • Laurie St-Georges (Laval, Que.)
  • Sarah Wark (Abbotsford, B.C.)

Men’s teams:

  • Corey Chambers (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Jacques Gauthier (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Sean Grassie (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • William Lyburn (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Shaun Meachem (Saskatoon, Sask.)
  • Vincent Roberge (Etchemin, Que.)
  • JT Ryan (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Ryan Wiebe (Winnipeg, Man.)

Team Steve Laycock declined its berth

2021 Home Hardware Curling Pre-Trials

Fourteen men’s and women’s teams will compete with the top two men’s and women’s teams advancing to the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials.

Nine men’s teams and 10 women’s teams have already qualified to compete in October. The three men’s and two women’s teams that did not advance to the trials through the 2021 Canadian Curling Trials Direct-Entry Event qualify for this event. The final two spots will be the two qualifiers from the 2021 Canadian Curling Pre-Trials Direct-Entry Event.

  • Date: Oct. 26-31
  • Location: Liverpool, N.S.

Women’s teams:

  • Sherry Anderson (Saskatoon, Sask.)
  • Penny Baker (Moose Jaw, Sask.)
  • Hollie Duncan (Woodstock, Ont.)
  • Jacqueline Harrison (Dundas, Ont.)
  • Danielle Inglis (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Krista McCarville (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
  • Jestyn Murphy (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Beth Peterson (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Darcy Robertson (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Mackenzie Zacharias (Altona, Man.)
  • Team TBD (from direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from pre-trials direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from pre-trials direct-entry event)

Men’s teams:

  • Jonathan Beuk (Kingston, Ont.)
  • Braden Calvert (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Pat Ferris (Grimsby, Ont.)
  • Paul Flemming (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Mike Fournier (Montreal, Que.)
  • Jeremy Harty (Calgary, Alta.)
  • Pat Simmons (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Karsten Sturmay (Edmonton, Alta.)
  • Tyler Tardi (Langley, B.C.)
  • Team TBD (from direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from pre-trials direct-entry event)
  • Team TBD (from pre-trials direct-entry event)
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