Qualifying for the Canada Cup
The field will feature a who’s-who of Canadian curling, led by reigning Canadian champions Kevin Koe of Calgary, who won the Tim Hortons Brier last March in Brandon, Man., and Chelsea Carey, whose Calgary team prevailed at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S.
As well, the defending champs from the 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask., will be in Leduc — Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The local hopeful in Leduc will be the Edmonton-based Brendan Bottcher team — silver-medallist at the past two Tim Hortons Briers, and winner of the final three Grand Slam of Curling events of the 2018-19 season.
The men’s field is rounded out by John Epping (Toronto), Brad Gushue (St. John’s) and Glenn Howard (Toronto), while the other women’s teams that have qualified are skipped by Rachel Homan (Ottawa), Casey Scheidegger (Lethbridge, Alta.,), Robyn Silvernagle (North Battleford, Sask.) and Kerri Einarson (Gimli, Man.). Scheidegger’s team will be skipped in Leduc by Cheryl Bernard, as Scheidegger is due to give birth to her second child in November.
The final entries into the 2019 Home Hardware Canada Cup will be the top-ranked teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System as of Nov. 11 that haven’t previously qualified.