Following hundreds of thousands of votes cast online by fans, TSN revealed the Top 16 curlers for the TRAVELERS ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME Presented by Pinty's. Headlined by Team Canada's Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, and Ryan Harnden, the world-class roster of curlers will compete for $100,000 in prize money during TSN's annual skins game, airing live from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre on Jan. 11-12, 2014.
The TRAVELERS ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME Presented by Pinty's will be one of the last major curling events featuring Jacobs and his rink before they head to Russia for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The Top 16 vote-getters at each position, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
The Top 16 curlers by the numbers:
• 10 – World Champions
• 9 – Returning All-Stars (Hebert, Kennedy, Laing, Martin, Mead, Morris, Rycroft, Savill, and Stoughton)
• 7 – New All-Stars (Fry, Gushue, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden, Jacobs, Nedohin, and Nichols)
• 6 – Olympic gold medallists
• 4 – members of Team Brad Jacobs and Team Kevin Martin
• 3 – members of Team Jeff Stoughton
• 2 – members of Team Glenn Howard
• 1 – #1 voted-in skip is Team Canada's Brad Jacobs
"Between Team Canada's representatives for Sochi 2014 and a slate of World and Olympic curling champions, the depth of talent participating in the TRAVELERS ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME presented by Pinty's is truly remarkable," said Shelagh Paul, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, Travelers Canada. "With a world-class curling field now set, we join fans in counting down to what promises to be an event to remember."
All-Star Draft Show
The Top 16 curlers will be drafted into four All-Star teams during an outdoor broadcast airing Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2 – giving fans the chance to see their favourite curlers compete with new teammates. Additional details on the draft format will be announced in the coming weeks.