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Skate Canada – ISU announces line-up for Grand Prix events

OTTAWA, ON: The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced the line-ups for the six 2016 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events. Canada will host the second stop on the circuit, the 2016 Skate Canada International in Mississauga, Ont., from October 27-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre.

The line-up in Mississauga features Canadian favourites including Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, and Alaine Chartrand. Fans will also get to witness the homecoming of Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; they will make their return to competition after taking a two-year hiatus.

They will be joined by various current and former world champions including Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia, and Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy.

“The line-up for Skate Canada International in Mississauga this year could not be any stronger. The deck is stacked with world and Olympic medallists and we are excited to be bringing such a competitive event to the Hershey Centre,” said Dan Thompson, CEO, Skate Canada.

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), China (Cup of China) and Japan (NHK Trophy).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Marseille, France from December 8-11, 2016.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

All-event ticket packages range from $157.50-$195, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at the Hershey Centre box office. Single event tickets will go on sale in September. Go to www.skatecanada.ca for the latest news on ticket packages and promotions!

2016 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES*

MEN’S
Patrick Chan (CAN)
Liam Firus (CAN)
TBD (CAN)
Han Yan (CHN)
Michal Brezina (CZE)
Daniel Samohin (ISR)
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
Takahito Mura (JPN)
Alexander Petrov (RUS)
Grant Hochstein (USA)
Ross Miner (USA)
Misha Ge (UZB)

LADIES
Alaine Chartrand (CAN)
Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN)
TBD (CAN)
Rika Hongo (JPN)
Satoko Miyahara (JPN)
Yuka Nagai (JPN)
Da Bin Choi (KOR)
Maria Artemieva (RUS)
Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)
Joshi Helgesson (SWE)
Mirai Nagasu (USA)

PAIR
Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford (CAN)
Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovtich (CAN)
TBD (CAN)
Xiaoyu Yu / Hao Zhang (CHN)
Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise (ITA)
Vera Bazarova / Andrei Deputat (RUS)
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov (RUS)
Haven Denney / Brandon Frazier (USA)

ICE DANCE
Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier (CAN)
Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam (CAN)
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (CAN)
Shiyue Wang / Xinyu Liu (CHN)
Laurence Fournier Beaudry / Nikolaj Sorensen (DEN)
Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte (ITA)
Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin (RUS)
Federica Testa / Lukas Csolley (SVK)
Madison Chock / Evan Bates (USA)
Kaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker (USA)

CANADIAN ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 2016 ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING SERIES*

SKATE AMERICA – Chicago, IL, USA — October 21-23, 2016
MEN’S: Nam Nguyen
LADIES: Gabrielle Daleman
PAIR: Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau

SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL — Mississauga, Ontario – October 27-30, 2016
MEN’S: Patrick Chan, Liam Firus, TBD
LADIES: Alaine Chartrand, Kaetlyn Osmond, TBD
PAIR: Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford, Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovtich, TBD
ICE DANCE: Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier, Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam, Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir

ROSTELECOM CUP — Moscow, Russia — November 4-6, 2016
MEN’S: Elladj Baldé
PAIR: Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro, Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau
ICE DANCE: Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje

TROPHÉE ERIC BOMPARD — Paris, France — November 11-13, 2016
LADIES: Gabrielle Daleman
ICE DANCE: Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier

CUP OF CHINA — Beijing, China — November 18-20, 2016
MEN’S: Patrick Chan
LADIES: Kaetlyn Osmond
PAIR: Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovtich
ICE DANCE: Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam, Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje

NHK TROPHY — Sapporo, Japan — November 25-27, 2016
MEN’S: Elladj Baldé, Nam Nguyen
LADIES: Alaine Chartrand
PAIR: Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro
ICE DANCE: Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir

For full entries at the five other ISU Grand Prix events please visit www.isu.org.

*Entries are subject to change