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Curling Canada – Curling’s most famous championship makes its long-awaited return to Ottawa in March, when the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier takes place March 5-13 at TD Place.

Media accreditations are now being accepted for the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, which not only will decide Canada’s team for the World Men’s Championship April 2-10 in Basel, Switzerland, it will also play a role in determining who will wear the Maple Leaf at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Should the winner of the Tim Hortons Brier win a medal at the World Men’s Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, the team will get a direct-entry berth into the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in December 2017 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. That’s the event that will determine Canada’s four-player teams for the 2018 Olympics.

For media requiring credentials, please apply on-line at www.curling.ca/championships/media-accreditation-request-form/, by no later than Feb. 27, 2016. You will be sent a confirmation letter outlining the on-site accreditation procedures. Those requesting credentials should also email a high-resolution mugshot of themselves to media@curling.ca to make the on-site accreditation process easier.

Please note: On-ice photographers will be required to wear black clothing and shoes and restrict themselves to designated shooting areas during the games. There will be no exceptions to this guideline.

The media hotel for the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier is the Westin Ottawa at 11 Colonel By Drive. The rate is $149 plus taxes per night, beginning on March 4. There is a limited block of media rooms being held. To book, contact Heidi Rodger at the Westin: Heidi.Rodger@westin.com.

Playdowns are taking place across the country to determine the field for the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier. Notable teams already qualified are the two-time defending champion Team Canada foursome skipped by Pat Simmons of Calgary, along with 2006 Tim Hortons Brier champ Jean-Michel Ménard of Gatineau, Que., who will be a hometown favourite in Ottawa, as well as Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador.

This years champion will return to the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier in St. John’s as Team Canada.
 
For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2016brier/tickets/

TSN/TSN2 (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for Curling Canada’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier.

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For further information:
Al Cameron
Director, Communication & Media Relations
Curling Canada
(403) 463-5500
acameron@curling.ca