Curling Canada expands wild-card field for Scotties and Brier

Curling Canada is expanding the field for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier.

The usual 16-team field will have two extra wild-card teams when play begins next month in the so-called bubble at Calgary’s Markin MacPhail Centre.

The play-in game was cancelled so there will be three wild-card teams in all, along with the defending champions and 14 provincial representatives for each competition.

The federation says that several high-performance teams were denied the opportunity to qualify this season since several associations cancelled their playdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH | Heroux, Jones breakdown Calgary curling bubble:

Devin Heroux is joined by six-time Scotties medallist Colleen Jones to discuss the announcement of the Calgary curling bubble. 5:34

The final rankings from last season will be used to determine the two teams that would have played in the wild-card game. Instead they will get automatic entry in the main draw.

A third wild-card entry — bringing the field to 18 — will be granted entry on criteria “to be determined,” which would allow for a balanced draw featuring two pools of nine teams.

Latest articles

WNBA’s Atlanta Dream close to sale taking controversial Loeffler out of league

The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler's contentious stint as a WNBA owner. "As it relates...

Trump pardons convicted ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski

One of President Trump’s final acts in office is to pardon a former Google engineer who was convicted of stealing trade...

Lil Wayne & Kodak Black Pardoned by Donald Trump

Carter's pardon was hardly surprising after the Grammy-winning artist inexplicably endorsed Trump for reelection last October and posed for a picture, which he was...

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here