Media Accreditation now open for 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials

October 11, 2017

Curling Canada - Gold-medal dreams will be on the line when many of Canada’s top curling teams gather in Summerside, P.E.I., for the 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials.

Scheduled for Nov. 6-12 at Credit Union Place in Summerside, the 2017 Home Hardware Road to the Roar will be the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, Dec. 2-10 in Ottawa, where Canada’s men’s and women’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be decided.

Fourteen men’s and 14 women’s teams will be in Summerside, and two teams of each gender will qualify for the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.

For media requiring credentials for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar, please apply on-line at www.curling.ca/championships/media-accreditation-request-form by no later than Nov. 2. 

Media members requiring hotel accommodation can find more information by CLICKING HERE.

Teams qualified for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar by virtue of their performance on the Canadian Team Ranking System over the past two seasons. At the 2013 Road to the Roar in Kitchener, Ont., Brad Jacobs was one of the qualifiers, and he went on to dominate the Tim Hortons Roar of the  Rings in Winnipeg before claiming an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia.

This time around, the skip that Jacobs beat in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings final, John Morris, is back with his Vernon, B.C. team. There’s also a significant Atlantic Canada flavour as Charlottetown resident Adam Casey is skipping a team. As well, there are two entries from Halifax: Jamie Murphy’s men’s team and Theresa Breen’s women’s team.

For the complete list of qualified teams, and their lineups, CLICK HERE.

The Pre-Trials teams will be seeded one through 14 based on their 2016-17 CTRS rankings, and then split into two pools of seven for the round-robin competition.

The top three teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, with the first- and second-place teams crossing over to meet each other in the first round of the A-side. The winners will then meet for the first Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

The first-round losers, meanwhile, will drop to meet the third-place teams in each pool in the first round of the B-side. The winners of the two games will then meet, with the winner taking on the A-side final loser for the second Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings berth.

Tickets are available for the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials. CLICK HERE for more information.

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For further information:

Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations 
Curling Canada
403-463-5500
acameron@curling.ca