Inspiring performances mark memorable campaign in Calgary bubble

The three-month curling journey inside the Calgary bubble has finally crossed the finish line. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments and storylines from the Calgary bubble.

Ryan Horne, TSN.ca

Team Bottcher finally Brier champs after beating Team Koe in final

Brendan Bottcher won curling's version of the Battle of Alberta on Sunday night at the Canadian men's curling championship.

Bottcher edges Dunstone to reach Brier final against Koe

Alberta's Brendan Bottcher hit a game-winning angle raise for a 6-5 win over Saskatchewan's Matt Dunstone in Sunday's semifinal at the Canadian men's curling championship. Bottcher removed the Saskatchewan stone from the button with his final throw and stuck around to score two points for the victory.

Dunstone, Bottcher meet in semifinal with shot at Brier title on the line

Dunstone, Bottcher meet in semifinal with shot at Brier title on the line

Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone and Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher will meet in the semifinal of the Tim Hortons Brier with a spot in the final and a chance at the title against Kevin Koe’s Wild Card 2 rink on the line. Watch the semifinal LIVE at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt on TSN1/3, TSN Direct, and streaming on TSN.ca.

Koe advances to Brier final; Dunstone and Bottcher to battle in semis

Koe advances to Brier final; Dunstone and Bottcher to battle in semis

Wild Card Two's Kevin Koe defeated Wild Card Three's Wayne Middaugh 7-6 on Saturday night to earn a direct berth into the final of the Canadian men's curling championship. Saskatchewan's Matt Dunstone and Alberta's Brendan Bottcher also posted evening victories to qualify for the three-team playoff at 9-3.

Wild Cards Koe, Howard lead crowded field at Brier

Wild Cards Koe, Howard lead crowded field at Brier

Wild Cards Kevin Koe and Glenn Howard lead the Brier field at 8-2 halfway through championship pool play after a busy Friday in Calgary. Four more teams - Saskatchewan, Canada, Ontario and Alberta - are logjammed at 7-3 with two draws to play. Championship pool play continues at 2:30pm et/11:30am pt on TSN1/5, TSN Direct, and streaming on TSN.ca.

Brier bubble heats up with championship round

Brier bubble heats up with championship round

If the first seven days at the Tim Hortons Brier was a marathon, then the next two days will be a sprint. Let’s take a closer look at the Brier’s championship pool and which teams are in the best position.

- Ryan Horne, TSN.ca
Middaugh finishes first in Pool A

Middaugh finishes first in Pool A

Wild Card Two's Kevin Koe was the first to book his championship pool ticket. Wild Card Three's Wayne Middaugh was the next to make the eight-team cut at the Canadian men's curling championship.

Koe books berth in championship round despite dropping first game

Koe books berth in championship round despite dropping first game

Kevin Koe and his Wild Card 2 rink (6-1) took its first loss of the Tim Hortons Brier on Wednesday night but still advanced to the championship round after a win earlier in the day over Saskatchewan's Matt Dunstone. Manitoba's Jason Gunnlaugson also took his first loss to Northern Ontario to drop to 5-1.

Vintage Middaugh ‘free rolling’ in dramatic return to Tim Hortons Brier

So far, the top story of this year’s Tim Hortons Brier hasn’t been defending champion Brad Gushue going for a fourth Brier Tankard in five years or Kevin Koe looking to capture a record fifth Canadian title. All everybody wants to talk about 53-year-old Wayne Middaugh, who has turned back the clock this week and is in the thick of things in his first Brier appearance since 2013.

- Ryan Horne, TSN.ca
Vintage Middaugh ‘free rolling’ in dramatic return to Tim Hortons Brier

Middaugh picks up win in return to Brier

It was a triumphant return to the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier for Wayne Middaugh. With Glenn Howard ailing, Middaugh led Howard's Wildcard 3 team to a 9-5 win over Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories in the opening game of the tournament for both rinks Saturday.

Defending champion Gushue beats Epping to open Brier

Some of the top men's curling teams in the country returned to the ice after a long absence Friday as the Tim Hortons Brier kicked off in a bubble setting at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Gushue set to kick off Brier defence on TSN

Gushue set to kick off Brier defence on TSN

Defending champion Brad Gushue and his rink of lead Geoff Walker, second Brett Gallant and third Mark Nichols take on Ontario Skip John Epping as the featured draw to kick off the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5, the TSN App and on TSN Direct.

A look at the odds for the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier

A look at the odds for the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier

Following a successful Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Tim Hortons Brier is the next test for the Calgary curling bubble. Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds for the Canadian championship.

- Ryan Horne, TSN.ca
Grizzled vets Howard, Middaugh chasing another Brier

Grizzled vets Howard, Middaugh chasing another Brier

Despite their advanced ages and battered bodies, there’s no loss of enthusiasm from Glenn Howard and Wayne Middaugh who say being able to participate as a wild-card entry in the Canadian men’s curling championship is a “dream come true,” Bob Weeks writes.

Grizzled vets Howard, Middaugh chasing another Brier
- Bob Weeks
Gushue: 'No idea what to expect' in Brier bubble

Gushue: 'No idea what to expect' in Brier bubble

Brad Gushue won his first Canadian men's curling championship in a sold-out hometown venue that erupted in joy after his game-winning throw. The three-time champion will try to win another Tim Hortons Brier title in an arena setting that will be the complete opposite.

Format, pools finalized for 2021 Brier

Format, pools finalized for 2021 Brier

Curling Canada confirmed the pools and format for the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier set to take place at Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park inside the Calgary curling bubble from March 5-14.

Canadian rankings to be used to determine final wild-card spots at Scotties, Brier

Curling Canada has decided to use the national ranking system as its selection criteria for the final wild-card berths at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier.

Team Harty disappointed with Curling Alberta decision, WC chances slim

There was a clear but unusual path for three Alberta-based teams to play in the Tim Hortons Brier this season. Curling Alberta made a difficult choice that will send two rinks to the Calgary event and leave that third team on the outside looking in.

Saskatchewan sends Dunstone, Anderson to nationals

Saskatchewan sends Dunstone, Anderson to nationals

Saskatchewan cancelled its provincial curling championships on Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Dunstone will represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier and Sherry Anderson will skip the Saskatchewan team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, CurlSask said in a release.

Three wild-card teams added to Scotties, Brier

Three wild-card teams added to Scotties, Brier

Curling Canada is expanding the field for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier. The usual 16-team field will have two extra wild-card teams when play begins next month in the so-called bubble at Calgary's Markin MacPhail Centre.

Lethbridge to host 2022 Brier

Lethbridge to host 2022 Brier

The Tim Hortons Brier will be held at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alta., in 2022. Curling Canada made the announcement Friday during a video conference call.