The Scotties Tournament of Hearts begins Saturday in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Sixteen teams from across Canada will converge on Cape Breton for the world’s most famous women’s curling event.
TSN has full coverage of the championship from the Friday, February 15th Wild Card match until the championship final on Sunday, February 24th at Centre 200.
Our first game is Saturday, February 16th at 1:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. AT) against Team Northern Ontario (McCarville).
This is our first return to the Scotties since our thrilling extra-end win over Manitoba in St. Catharines in 2017. The Scotties format was changed last season and now includes two pools. Each province and territory has an entry plus Northern Ontario, Team Canada and an entry for the Wild Card game winner.
Pool A consists of our Ontario rink, Northern Ontario (McCarville), Nunvaut (Bodner), Nova Scotia (Brothers), Quebec (Lavoie), Manitoba (Fleury), Alberta (Carey), British Columbia (Wark). Pool B consists of the other eight teams.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin from each pool will advance to the championship pool beginning on Thursday. Teams in the championship pool will play the four teams that had not previously played. The top four teams at the end of the championship pool schedule will advance to the page playoff beginning on Saturday, February 23rd.
The winner of the 2019 Scotties will represent Canada at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Denmark in March.
This is our sixth Scotties since 2011 and our fourth time proudly wearing the Ontario colours at the national championship. We’re seeking our fourth Canadian title in six years after victories in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
We’re excited to welcome back Cheryl Kreviazuk as our alternate player for the Scotties. Cheryl was our Scotties alternate in 2015 and 2017 as well as at the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.
Marcel Rocque, who re-joined our team this season after coaching us in the 2015-2016 season, will be on the bench for us all week.
A big thanks to Marcel and Cheryl for taking time off and making the trip to Sydney to support us.
As well as competing on the ice we’ll be involved in a few off ice events in Sydney. Two members of our team will join members of Northern Ontario in the HeartStop Lounge on Saturday, February 16th at 6 p.m. AT for an Up Close & Personal interview. We’ll return to the HeartStop on Sunday, February 16th for a team autograph session at 1 p.m. AT.
The HeartStop Lounge is a short free shuttle ride from Centre 200 to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. You can find the full list of activities here.
Sunday is also the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon on TSN. It’s a chance to help babies born too soon, too small or too sick. We encourage everyone to give what they can on Sunday to help Champions Start Small.