TORONTO (February 12, 2015) – Curling fans have a date this Valentine’s Day with TSN, as the network begins its live coverage of the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts from Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. Featuring more than 65 hours of live coverage from Canada’s women’s national curling championship, the tournament begins with Draw 1 on Feb. 14 at 3pm et/Noon pt on TSN and culminates with the final on Feb. 22 at 8pm et/5pm pt on TSN.
Rachel Homan, the youngest skip to win back-to-back Scotties titles, will once again represent Team Canada as she looks to leads her Ottawa team to their third consecutive national championship. The strong women’s field includes Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Jennifer Jones and Alberta skip Val Sweeting, who looks to avenge her defeat against Homan in last year’s final. The 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion will go on to represent Canada at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Sapporo, Japan from March 14-22.
The field at the Scotties Tournament Of Hearts includes:
Team Canada – Skip: Rachel Homan
Team Alberta – Skip: Val Sweeting
Team New Brunswick – Skip: Sylvie Robichaud
Team Prince Edward Island – Skip Suzanne Birt
Team Ontario – Skip: Julie Hastings
Team Manitoba – Skip: Jennifer Jones
Team British Columbia – Skip: Patti Knezevic
Team Saskatchewan – Skip: Stefanie Lawton
Team Nova Scotia - Skip: Mary-Anne Arsenault
Team Newfoundland & Labrador – Skip: Heather Strong
Team Québec – Skip: Lauren Mann
Team Northern Ontario – Skip: Tracy Horgan
Team Northwest Territories – Skip: Kerry Galusha
Team Yukon – Skip: Sarah Koltun
Team Canada is joined in the main draw by the 10 teams with the best combined records in the previous three Scotties, meaning first-time participant Northern Ontario, along with the Yukon and Northwest Territories, will play off for the 12th and final berth. Visit TSN.ca for the full field preview.
TSN’s acclaimed team of play-by-play announcer Vic Rauter and analyst Russ Howard, a two-time Brier champion and 2006 Olympic gold medallist, are joined by guest analyst Cheryl Bernard, a four-time Scotties competitor and Olympic silver medallist. Also in the broadcast booth for Scotties draws are play-by-play announcer Bryan Mudryk and analyst Cathy Gauthier.
Following the Scotties, TSN heads to Calgary to deliver complete live coverage of the 2015 Time Hortons Brier, running Feb. 28–March 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Each year, TSN brings Canadians more than 300 hours of live action from Seasons of Champions curling events, including exclusive coverage of the 2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup, Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament Of Hearts, Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, World Women’s Curling Championship, and M&M Canadian Juniors.