March was an up and down month for Team Stoughton. It all started at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Kamloops where we were looking to move up the podium from the 2013 Brier where we finished runner-up. Unfortunately for us, we ended up moving the wrong way on the podium and finished the brier in 3rd place and coming home with the bronze medal. Not quite the color that we were looking for, but we are proud of the effort we put in to prepare for the event and felt like we put ourselves in a great spot to challenge for the championship. Special Congratulations to Mark Nichols for being named All-Star second for the Brier.
Immediately following the Brier we traveled to Fort McMurray for the Syncrude National – Grand Slam event. We struggled to find our game during this event and finished with a 2-3 record and out of the playoffs. We’d like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers and event staff in Fort McMurray who put off a great event even through some difficult circumstances. We are sure future events will be held in this area and know that all competitors would love to be a part of any event held!!
Finally, Team Stoughton traveled to Grand Prairie for the Pomeroy Inn and Suites Prairie Showdown. Here, we put together some pretty good games in a row and after 6 wins in a row, we found ourselves in the final vs. Team McEwen. It was a back and forth game, but we fell short by a score of 6-5. Special thanks to everyone involved in putting this event off. It was another great event, and one we hope to have the pleasure in playing in once again.
With April comes the final event of the season – The Players Championship, which takes place in Summerside, PEI. The Players is always a great spiel featuring the 12 best men’s and women’s teams from this past season. We will have a post coming in the next week that will breakdown our pool and our schedule for the event, so please stay tuned for that!
Striving for perfection..
Team Stoughton announces that they will be shaking up their lineup for the 2014 Brier, with Mark and Reid switching positions.
The background is that first and foremost, Team Stoughton is always looking at ways to improve and get the most out of our game. We recognize how important it is to consistently build and manage ends from start to finish, no matter the situation. Our competition is fierce and requires you to play at the highest level possible.
In examining our team, we came to the conclusion that we may not be maximizing the skill set everyone brings to the game. In Reid, we have one of the great touch players in the game today. Mark has mastered the lead position in a short time yet we haven’t forgot what he’s known for most! Mark is an outstanding takeout artist and we believe this switch in roles will maximize the skill-set that these two possess. It may just add that tiny percentage that is the difference between winning and losing at the highest level!
As a team we have decided to make this switch because we believe it will give us the best chance to maximize the talents we each possess. It’s a commitment to our team and being the best we can be!
Kamloops here we come!! Team Stoughton won the right to represent Manitoba at the upcoming Tim Horton’s Brier held from March 1st-9th at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, B.C.
It was a great week of curling for us at the MTS Centre here in Winnipeg. Going through the 32 team field undefeated, and besting Team Mike McEwen in the final by a score of 8-3.
We are excited to get back to the Brier and carry Manitoba’s flag in the national championship with hopes to improve upon our loss in the final one year ago.
Special thanks to all our family, friends and fans that came out to watch last week. Also thank you to all that sent along messages of well wishes to our team.
Hello Team Stoughton Fans!
This month has been a busy one for the team, as 3 members took in the TSN Skins game in Banff, and then from there all 4 members we off to Las Vegas to compete as part of Team North America at the Continental Cup. Both events were first class and we could not have asked for anything more from the communities, organizers, or fans! We were treated to some wonderful curling, and we honored to be part of 2 great shows.
Arriving in Vegas, we really had no idea what to expect. Who would have thought that curling in Las Vegas would go over so well. The Orleans Arena was filled with close to 5000 fans per draw, and it was one of the most entertaining events we have played in. Team North America took home the cup for the second straight year with a 36-24 victory. Going into the final draw of skins games it was much closer with TeamNA only holding a 3 point lead, but with victories by Team Jacobs (4-1), Team Brown (3-2) and the mixed team of Jeff, Emma Miskew, Mark, and Lisa Weagle (5-0), we retained the championship for another year. Hopefully Team Stoughton gets another chance to participate in this great event!
As January comes to an end, Team Stoughton is looking forward to defending our provincial title this coming week at the Safeway Championship! The event is being held at the MTS IcePlex here in Winnipeg, and we can’t wait to get started on Wednesday.
The Top 5 seeds for the event are
#1) Team Stoughton
#2) Team McEwen
#3) Team Fowler
#4) Team Grassie
#5) Team Lyburn
We take to the ice on Wednesday at 4pm vs. Team Brown and from there our schedule will depend on wins and loses.
You can view the official draw sheet here
And also check out our Team Facebook Page for updates as well.
Hopefully we will see you at the MTS IcePlex this week.
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are all set for a great 2014. Team Stoughton enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and are now ready to take the ice for the second half of our 2013-2014 season.
3 members of Team Stoughton (Jeff, Jon and Mark) will be taking part in the TSN All-Star Skins game coming up this weekend in Banff, Alberta. This is a unique event that will feature players that were voted into the event by the fans. And unlike any other curling game, we will be playing with players from other teams.
The skips are Brad Jacobs, Brad Gushue, Kevin Martin and Jeff Stoughton and they will choose teams in a draft that will take place on Friday. There will be a special draft show that will be aired on TSN2 on Friday evening (January 10th) at 8pm ET (7pm in MB). How will the teams shape up? and who would you like to see drafted by who?
For more information on the event click HERE
And as always, share your thoughts with us on our facebook page on who you think Jeff should pick!!!
We will update everyone once the draft show is complete!
Join Team Stoughton just a few days before they hit the ice at the 2013 Tim
Hortons Roar of the Rings! Team Stoughton invites you to the Terrace East
Room at the Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Ave. on Tuesday, November 26 at 12
pm noon to share in their excitement about the upcoming Olympic Trials. Team
Stoughton will be available for photo opportunities and one on one
interviews at this time.
The 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings will be held at the MTS Centre
December 1-8, 2013. Team Stoughton will face Reigning Canadian Champion Team
Jacobs in which is sure to be a thrilling opening draw Sunday, December 1 at
6:30 PM! Team Stoughton will compete against 7 of the top Canadian Men’s
Teams for the chance to represent Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in
There will be a light lunch and refreshments served.
The second leg of the Grand Slam series gets underway tonight in Medicine Hat, AB. This event will feature 18 teams broken down into 3 pools of 6, with the top 8 records qualifying for the playoff round.
Here are the teams we will face this week!
Our full schedule looks like this
Game 1 – Wed Nov 13th – 7pm MT (8pm in MB) vs. Team Laycock
Game 2 – Thurs Nov 14th – 1:30pm MT (2:30pm in MB) vs. Team Gushue
Game 3 – Thurs Nov 14th – 8:30pm MT (9:30pm in MB) vs. Team Lyburn
Game 4 – Fri Nov 15th – 1:30pm MT (2:30pm in MB) vs. Team De Cruz
Game 5 – Fri Nov 15th – 8:30pm MT (9:30pm in MB) vs. Team Martin
As always – you can follow along with live scoring at curlingzone.com
Playoffs will take place on the weekend, and we will be sure to update everyone once we know if/when we are playing in them, as well as if we will be any of the feature games on Sportsnet/CBC.
Finally, we couldn’t go without reminding everyone to head on over to the TSN Skins Game voting page – HERE and place your votes EVERYDAY for Team Stoughton members, Jeff, Jon, Reid and Mark. You only have to go through the registration process once, so it’s fast and easy!
We thank you for your support! Here’s to another great weekend!
Voting is now OPEN for the Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game – Presented by Pinty’s. Voting page can be found HERE!
TSN’s popular skins game is back in January with the 2nd edition of their All-Star format. Voting starts today (Novemeber 12th) and will run until December 8th.
This year the top 12 teams ranked by the Canadian Curling Association are on the ballot, and the top 4 players at each position will earn the right to play in this great event.
You can vote everyday for your favorite curlers *cough* TEAM STOUGHTON!! We encourage you to spread the word to friends and curling fans across the country. Sending out tweets/facebook messages letting everyone know you have voted would be great exposure for this wonderful event!
Head on over to tsn.ca/curlingskins to register and cast your vote.
Team Stoughton thanks you in advance for your support!
This years Masters of Curling will have an international feel to it with 9 teams from all over the world set to take on the 6 Canadian entries. All 6 Canadian teams have already booked their tickets to Decembers Olympic Trials in Winnipeg, and this will be the first time this season where all teams will play in the same event.
Sportsnet is back to cover the Grand Slams for another season, and they will be showing round robin draws, along with the playoffs on the weekend. You can check out Sportsnet’s broadcast schedule – here.
Team Stoughton’s schedule looks like this (All times – Pacific)
Wednesday October 30th – 12:30pm vs. Liu (China)
Thursday October 31st – 9:00am vs. Ulsrud (Norway)
Thursday October 31st – 4:30pm vs. Martin
Friday November 1st – 4:30pm vs. George (USA)
The top 8 records (regardless of pool) will make the playoffs, with tiebreakers being played on Friday night if necessary. Playoffs go on Saturday and Sunday!
If you can’t make it to Abbotsford there are always other ways to stay updated on all the draws. Sportsnet has done a great job on their curling page and has many articles to help keep you informed on everything going on with the Grand Slam. You can find that page here.
And as always, www.worldcurl.com, and curlingzone.com will have linescores from all games!
We are all looking forward to a great event in Abbotsford!
Fresh off our win at the Point Optical Classic, Team Stoughton takes to the ice this weekend at the High Park Curling club in Toronto. This weekend we look to defend the StuSells title we claimed at this event last year.
The StuSells Tankard is a 24 team triple knockout featuring 4 of the top 7 ranked men’s teams in the world (Stoughton/Howard/McEwen/Gushue), and a women’s draw featuring 15 teams.
Event Linescores can be found here
If you are in the Toronto area, come on down to the Highpark Club and check out some great curling action.