Author Archives: Brian Chick

Author Archives: Brian Chick

Gushue back in top form with Slam triumph

January 9, 2017

Don’t call it a comeback… When you look at this year’s Canadian Team Ranking System men’s standings, it’s very easy to forget that Brad Gushue has barely played this season due to injury.

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Big win in front of home-town crowd for Team Jacobs

December 13, 2016

To say Brad Jacobs got his season back on track would be rude. By most team’s standards, it was never really off track. With a World Curling Tour win in Saskatoon and a Grand Slam runner-up in Okotoks, Alta., it would seem that the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., foursome was playing at a high level.

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Gushue makes long-awaited return to action

December 8, 2016

Before Tuesday night, Brad Gushue hadn’t thrown a rock in a competitive setting since April. Somehow, despite playing three months of the season without their veteran skip, Team Brad Gushue still sits atop the Canadian Team Ranking System men’s standings, thanks to superior efforts from Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker.

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Results from last week’s coast-to-coast World Curling Tour action

November 29, 2016

When covering the World Curling Tour, most weeks there are only a couple of big events to focus on. This week, however, there was a pile of events to watch, from coast to coast. With eight men’s events and six women’s, there was cash up for grabs across the country.

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Team McEwen, Team Jones hit the win column in Morris

November 22, 2016

For Mike McEwen, this weekend couldn’t have come soon enough. In a 2016-17 season that has been largely forgettable to date, McEwen’s Winnipeg foursome finally came away with a result to remember.

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Homan/Morris win Wall Grain Classic; Miskew-Griffith nab Trials berth

November 16, 2016

Although Rachel Homan and John Morris won this week’s Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic, but it was their four-player teammates who ended up taking home the big prize from Kimberley, B.C.

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Playoff race heats up at Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic

November 16, 2016

While seven teams can sleep soundly tonight, knowing they’ve made the playoffs at the Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic in Kimberley, B.C., six went into Tuesday night still clinging to a chance at the eighth and final berth.

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Sweeting seeks to double up on victories at Wall Grain Classic

November 14, 2016

While the majority of teams were knocked out of the Grand Slam Tour Challenge on Saturday night, there wasn’t exactly a stampede to the Cranbrook, B.C. airport on Sunday morning. Instead, many players skipped the airport exit and drove right on to neighbouring Kimberley, where another big event awaited.

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Tour Challenge provides arena-ice experience to more teams

November 10, 2016

Thirty top-tier curling teams are gathered in Cranbrook, B.C., this week for the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge. At the Western Financial Place Arena, you’ll find thirty of the top names: Homan and Jones, Koe and Epping, and all the other teams near the top of the rankings.

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Epping takes over top spot on CTRS

November 8, 2016

Toronto’s John Epping has won World Curling Tour events before, but this weekend’s victory at the CookstownCash presented by Comco Canada Inc. in Cookstown, Ont., moved him to places he’s never been.

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Howard working his way back to the top

November 3, 2016

Not too long ago, Glenn Howard was a favourite in any event his foursome entered. The four-time World Champion has won nearly everything there is to win, but this season finds the Midland, Ont., native with a new lineup, and success hasn’t been easy to come by.

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First Grand Slam titles for Flaxey and Edin

November 1, 2016

When Allison Flaxey found herself at the top of the Canadian Team Ranking System leaderboard, most people dismissed it as an early-season anomaly. But following this weekend’s Grand Slam final in Okotoks, Alta., it’s clear the Caledon, Ont., foursome is intent on staying near the top.

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Grand Slam kicks off the season in Okotoks

October 27, 2016

It’s beginning to feel a lot like curling season. The weather is cooling off, leagues across the country have started running, and the first Pinty’s Grand Slam event is under way in Okotoks, Alberta. The World Financial Group Masters brings all of the top teams together for the first time this season. Previous World Curling Tour events have had some, if not most, of the big dogs in some events, but for this one… the gang’s all here. With the WCT’s top 15 men’s and women’s teams represented, each draw has nothing but big names facing each other. The first ...

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“Season of the Spare” on Tour

October 25, 2016

With all the controversy surrounding sweeping in 2015-2016, last season will go down in history as the “season of the broom.” If current trends continue, 2016-2017 might go down as the “season of the spare.” In most events this season, we’ve seen top teams in both men’s and women’s events, call on some high-profile help to fill a spot left empty by another player.

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Women’s CTRS points chase heats up in Portage la Prairie

October 20, 2016

For the second straight week, the eyes of the curling world will be focused on Portage la Prairie, Man. This time, however, it’s the women’s turn to compete at the Canad Inns Classic.

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