Jennifer Jones returns with new-look team to defend Scotties title

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts comes to Sydney, N.S.’s, Centre 200 this Feb. 16-24. Get to know the teams that will be competing for the Scotties crown this year.

Team Canada

It seems fitting that Jennifer Jones will have an opportunity to take over the title as the skip with the most Canadian women’s curling crowns in the home province of Colleen Jones when the national championship is held in Sydney.

Jones is currently tied with Nova Scotia legend Colleen Jones at six Scotties titles each.

It will be a revamped Jennifer Jones team that enters this year’s competition as Jocelyn Peterman has taken over at second position from Jill Officer. Officer will appear as an alternate this year with Kaitlyn Lawes at vice-skip and Dawn McEwen at lead.

Jennifer Jones’s Manitoba-based team enters the fray as defending champion Team Canada, having claimed the 2018 championship in Penticton, B.C.

“Those are things you kind of reflect on later. Colleen Jones is one of the legends and we’re right up there now. It’s so humbling it’s mind boggling to me,” Jones said after the 2018 Scotties win over Kerri Einarson by an 8-6 count.

Lawes was replaced at the 2018 Scotties by Shannon Birchard as Lawes was preparing for what was eventually her gold-medal run at the Olympics in Mixed Doubles with John Morris. Lawes then returned to the team to help Jones claim the 2018 Ford World Women’s Championship in North Bay, Ont.

Tickets for the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are available online at: https://www.curling.ca/2019scotties/tickets/ and shuttle bus service is available all day from Centre 200 to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion (HeartStop Lounge). This is the first time the Scotties has been in Nova Scotia since 1992.