Canadian world champions battle at TSN Curling Skins Game Staff

1/3/2012 4:13:59 PM

The past four Canadian world champions battle for bragging rights and cash during the fan favourite TSN Curling Skins Game live this weekend from Casino Rama in Rama, ON.

The annual invitational event features four of the best curling teams in the world competing for $75,000 in prize money.

One of the highlights of the curling season, the TSN Curling Skins Game will feature current world champion Jeff Stoughton, along with Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe and Glenn Howard. They were skips of the last four Canadian teams to win world championships.

Alberta's top curlers, Martin and Koe face off in the opening draw on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on TSN. Koe won the world championship in 2010.  Martin, one of Canada's most accomplished curlers, won the world championship in 2008 along with winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 2010. Considered one of the world's best skins players, Martin is the defending TSN Curling Skins Game champion and has earned a total of $412,150 playing in TSN skins games - an all-time record.

In a rematch of last year's Tim Hostons Brier final, Manitoba's Stoughton will take on Ontario's Howard in the prime time draw on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on TSN. 2011 world champion Stoughton also won the world championship in 1996 while Howard won the 2007 world championship.

The winners of the opening round draws advance to the final on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on TSN. All draws from the TSN Curling Skins Game will be available live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at following the live television broadcast.

Casino Rama has once again built a curling rink exclusively for this event in its 5,000-seat world-class Entertainment Centre. Hans Wuthrich, renowned icemaker for the Tournament of Hearts, Brier and World Championships, and head technician of the curling sheets at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, has been brought in to ensure the playing surface meets Canadian Curling Association (CCA) standards.

TSN's esteemed curling broadcast team will call the action from Casino Rama, with Vic Rauter handling play-by-play duties alongside analysts Russ Howard and Linda Moore. 

Broadcast Schedule on TSN:

Saturday - Semifinal #1: Martin vs. Koe at 1 p.m. ET
Saturday  - Semifinal #2: Stoughton vs. Howard at 8 p.m. ET
Sunday - Final at 1 p.m. ET

The TSN Curling Skins Game uses a single-elimination format whereby anything can happen, as the winner is decided by total prize money and not total points.  A total cash purse of $75,000 is available to be won over the two day event.

Operated by TSN Events, this marks the fifth year in a row that Casino Rama will host the TSN Curling Skins Game.  This year's event is sponsored by Carlton Cards, Chartered Accountants, ASPIRIN and The Source.