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Saskatchewan’s Silvernagle to open against New Brunswick’s Crawford Randy Palmer

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The draw for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts has been set and it promises to be a rocking week of action featuring some legendary names and new faces. Leading the way, of course, is Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle. The North Battleford product repeated asViterra Scotties provincial champion and will open the Canadian women’s curling championship against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford during the first draw at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th. Round robin action will continue through Wednesday, Feb. 19, with draws each day at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. before the top four teams from each round robin pool are re-seeded into an eight-team championship pool, with round robin records carrying over. Teams will play four games against the four teams from the opposite pool beginning Thursday, Feb. 20, with tiebreakers at 8 a.m. if necessary and championship pool games at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The championship pool wraps up with two draws on Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at 6:30

p.m., with the Page Playoffs kicking off the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 22 with the 3-4 game at 1 p.m. and 1-2 game taking place at 6 p.m. The semifinals will run at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, followed by the championship final at 6 p.m. that same day. Saskatchewan will play a pair of games on Sandra Schmirler Telethon Day, which will run throughout the day Sunday, Feb. 15. Fans who jumped on the buy-one get-one ticket deal before Christmas will have a chance to see Silvernagle battle Team Canada’s Chelsea Carey at 1:30 p.m. and Nunavut’s Lori Eddy in the evening draw at 6:30 p.m. Saskatchewan will have the majority of Monday, Feb. 17 off before facing Alberta’s Laura Walker in the 6:30 p.m. draw. They’re back on the ice for the 1:30 p.m. draw onTuesday, Feb. 18 against Quebec’s Noemie Verreault and will take the ice in the marquee match-up against Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson at 6:30 p.m. Silvernagle closes out the preliminary round against Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville at 6:30 p.m. onWednesday.

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The full draw for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts is as follows: Friday, Feb. 14 Wild Card Game, 7:30 p.m., FREE ADMISSION: Tracey Fleury (Manitoba) vs. Jennifer Jones (Manitoba). Saturday Feb. 15 Draw 1 (1:30 p.m.) – Northern Ontario (McCarville) vs. Canada (Carey); Saskatchewan (Silvernagle) vs. New Brunswick (Crawford); P.E.I (Birt) vs. B.C. (Brown), Northwest Territories (Galusha) vs. Nova Scotia (Arsenault). Draw 2 (6:30 p.m.) – Wild Card vs. Ontario (Homan), Newfoundland (Curtis) vs. Yukon (Birnie), Quebec (Verreault) vs. Manitoba (Einarson), Nunavut (Eddy) vs. Alberta (Walker). Sunday, Feb. 16 Draw 3 (8:30 a.m.) – Manitoba vs. Nunavut; Quebec vs. Alberta; Yukon vs. Wild Card; Newfoundland vs. Ontario. Draw 4 (1:30 p.m.) – B.C. vs. Northwest Territories; P.E.I. vs. Nova Scotia; New Brunswick vs. Ontario, Saskatchewan vs. Canada. Draw 5 (6:30 p.m.) – Alberta vs. New Brunswick; Nunavut vs. Saskatchewan; Ontario vs. P.E.I.; Wild Card vs. B.C. Monday, Feb. 17 Draw 6 (8:30 a.m.) – Nova Scotia vs. Yukon; Northwest Territory vs. Newfoundland; Canada vs. Quebec; Northern Ontario vs. Manitoba. Draw 7 (1:30 p.m.) – Quebec vs. Northern Ontario; Manitoba vs. Canada; Newfoundland vs. Nova Scotia; Yukon vs. Northwest Territories. Draw 8 (6:30 p.m.) – P.E.I. vs. Wild Card; B.C. vs. Ontario; Saskatchewan vs. Alberta; New Brunswick vs. Nunavut. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Draw 9 (8:30 a.m.) – Canada vs. Alberta; Northern Ontario vs. Nunavut; B.C. vs. Yukon; P.E.I vs. Newfoundland. Draw 10 (1:30 p.m.) – Ontario vs. Nova Scotia; Wild Card vs. Northwest Territories; Manitoba vs. New Brunswick; Quebec vs. Saskatchewan. Draw 11 (6:30 p.m.) – Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba, New Brunswick vs. Quebec, Northern Ontario vs. Ontario; Nova Scotia vs Wild Card. Wednesday, Feb. 19 Draw 12 (8:30 a.m.) – Newfoundland vs. B.C.; Yukon vs. P.E.I.; Nunavut vs. Canada; Alberta vs. Northern Ontario. Draw 13 (1:30 p.m.) – Northwest Territories vs. P.E.I.; Nova Scotia vs. B.C.; Wild Card vs. Newfoundland; Ontario vs. Yukon. Draw 14 (6:30 p.m.) – Nunavut vs. Quebec, Alberta vs. Manitoba; Northern Ontario vs. Saskatchewan, Canada vs. New Brunswick. Thursday, Feb, 20 Draw 15 (8 a.m.) – Tiebreakers if necessary. Draw 16 (12:30 p.m.) – A4 vs. B3; B1 vs. A2; A1 vs B4; B2 vs. A3. Draw 17 (6:30 p.m.) – A3 vs. B1; B3 vs. A1; B2 vs. A4; A2 vs. B4. Friday, Feb. 21 Draw 18 (12:30 p.m.) – A1 vs. B2; B4 vs. A3; B3 vs. A2; B1 vs. A4, Draw 19 (6:30 p.m.) – B4 vs. A4; A2 vs. B2; B1 vs. A1; A3 vs. B3. Saturday, Feb. 22 Draw 20 (8:30 a.m.) – Tiebreakers (if necessary). Draw 21 (1 p.m.) – Page Playoff 3-4. Draw 22 (6 p.m.) – Page Playoff 1-2. Sunday, Feb. 23 11 a.m. – Semifinal. 6 p.m. – Final.

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Marquee matchup: Scotties Wild Card game to feature all-Manitoba showdown between Jones and Fleury

Opening game of Canadian women’s curling championship FREE to attend Randy Palmer

When the Manitoba Scotties provincial womens’ curling championship kicked off, there might have been a touch less pressure than in other years. Usually when you play for a berth in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it’s either win or you’re done, but for three teams taking part in the Manitoba tournament, they knew they had a second chance regardless of what happened. And that’s going to make for a very exciting opening game for the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts when the event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at Mosaic Place: perennial Scotties contender and multiple time former champion Jennifer Jones will face Tracy Fleury in a onegame winner-take-all showdown, with the victor advancing to the Scotties main draw. And the best part of it all?

The game is completely FREE for fans to attend.

The situation emerged out of the Canadian Team Ranking System standings, which rewards rinks with points for their performances at World Curling Tour and other high-level events through the season. Fleury emerged as the top rink on the CTRS standings with a total of 404.325 points, including a win in the Masters of Curling and second-place finish in the Home Hardware Canada Cup major events. Just behind her with 355.869 points was Kerri Einarson, who had four top-three finishes at high-level events

through the first half of the season, including a win in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic. Sitting in third place is Jones, the multiple time former Scotties, world and Olympic champion. She racked up 326.039 points, including a win in the season-opening Shorty Jenkins Classic and second place finish at the Boost National major. With the Wild Card format seeing the top two CTRS teams who didn’t win their respective provincial titles facing off in a play-in game the Friday before the start of the main draw, all three teams knew they would have another shot at the Scotties if things didn’t work out provincially. Einarson would defeat Jones 8-6 in the Manitoba Scotties provincial final after Jones downed Fleury 8-7 in the semifinal. Wild Card teams have proven to be anything but shrinking violets in the main draw. In 2018, the first year the format was used, Einarson defeated Alberta’s Chelsea Carey – the defending champion this time around – 7-4 in the wild card game and would go on finish first in her round robin pool with a 6-1 record followed by top spot in the championship round at 9-2. She would go all the way to the final before losing to none other than Jones, who won her sixth Scotties national title. Einarson was back in the Wild Card game in 2019 and didn’t have as much luck, falling to Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger 7-6. Scheidegger would go on to finish atop

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Pool B with a 6-1 record but struggled in the championship pool, finishing 7-4 overall and missing the playoffs. The HeartStop Lounge will also be open during and following the Wild Card game, with fans welcome to get a taste of the festivities they’ll see throughout the week.

Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Tickets Still Available Adult tickets start at just $20.20 per draw, while youth tickets for those under 18 go for just $10; here’s a look at what else is available: Team Saskatchewan weekday afternoon games go for $25.50. Premium Team Saskatchewan weekend and evening games (including a Sunday afternoon showdown with Team Canada) are $32.50. Thursday and Friday Championship Pool games are $25.50 for afternoon games and $32.50 for evening games. Saturday Page Playoff games are $35.50, Sunday’s Semi-final is $25.50 and the Championship Final on Sunday is $39.50. In addition to the single-draw tickets, various packages are still available:

Opening Weekend Package ($95) – First five draws on opening Saturday and Sunday Championship Weekend Package ($199) – Final six draws plus tiebreaker draw if necessary. (Friday, Feb. 21-Sunday, Feb. 23). Family Day Holiday Monday Day Package ($49) – Three draws on the holiday Monday at a reduced price! Tuesday andWednesday Day Package ($59) –Three draws in one day Thursday Day Package ($49) – Two guaranteed draws plus tiebreaker (if nec.) You can purchase tickets online at curling.ca/tickets, at the Mosaic Place box office, or by calling 306-624-2050. All prices are per ticket and are subject to standard facility and ticket service fees.

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Sandra Schmirler Foundation to hold telethon during Scotties Tournament of Hearts Annual event to take place on Sunday, Feb. 15 as part of Sandra Schmirler Day throughout Saskatchewan Randy Palmer

Even though her life was cut short far too soon, there’s little question Sandra Schmirler continues to carry an incredible legacy in the sport of curling both in Saskatchewan and throughout the world. The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is making sure that will be the case well into the future. The Scotties will host the 18th annual Sandra Schmirler FoundationTelethon on Sunday, Feb. 16, with the goal of continuing to raise funds for neonatal intensive care units throughout the country. The telethon will be part of Sandra Schmirler Day throughout Saskatchewan after a proclamation by Saskatchewan Minister of Sport Gene Makowsky was made recently. Schmirler herself needs little introduction. Athree-time Scott Tournament of Hearts and world champion, as well as the first-ever women’s curling Olympic gold medalist, Schmirler is widely regarded as one of the greatest curlers of all time, with her rink of Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit named the greatest Canadian women’s curling team in a TSN poll in 2019. Schmirler herself was second only to Jennifer Jones in the same poll. A member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and World Curling Federation Hall of Fame, Schmirler passed away due to cancer at the age of 36 in March of 2000, and it was not long after the Sandra Schmirler Foundation was formed. That led to the first telethon in Brandon in 2002 and an annual Scotties tradition ever since. The event has raised $3.5 million for the Foundation in the last 17 years, helping the organization fund $4.7 million in life-saving equipment for 61 hospitals NICUs in every province and territory.

Sandra Schmirler in action.

The 2019 goal is $500,000, which will fund the purchase of 30 neonatal ventilators for hospitals across the country. Locally, a grant of $38,000 will be presented to the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital for the purchase of said ventilator, a new incubator and a neonatal blanket that cools babies temperatures. In addition, the Foundation will be providing grants to the Yorkton Regional Hospital, Jim Pattinson Children’s Hospital and Regina General Hospital, bringing funding for Saskatchewan hospitals to over $900,000. VIPs will be manning the phones throughout the day at Mosaic Place (see sidebar) and a special crowd sweep for donations will be held on Sat-

urday, Feb. 22 during the third-end break of the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.

The Sandra Schmirler rink gather for a photo with figure skater Elvis Stojko during the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Ring those phones: Fans making Schmirler telethon donations can chat with curling legends Host of VIP volunteers set to man phones during Sandra Schmirler Telethon Randy Palmer

Even though her life was cut short far too soon, there’s little question Sandra Schmirler continues to carry an incredible legacy in the sport of curling both in Saskatchewan and throughout the world. The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is making sure that will be the case well into the future. The Scotties will host the 18th annual Sandra Schmirler Foundation Telethon on Sunday, Feb. 16, with the goal of continuing to raise funds for neonatal intensive care units throughout the country. The telethon will be part of Sandra Schmirler Day throughout Saskatchewan after a proclamation by Saskatchewan Minister of Sport Gene Makowsky was made recently. Schmirler herself needs little introduction. A three-time Scott Tournament of Hearts and world champion, as well as the first-ever women’s curling Olympic gold medalist, Schmirler is widely regarded as one of the greatest curlers of all time, with her rink of Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit named the greatest Canadian women’s curling team in a TSN poll in 2019. Schmirler

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The sport of curling has long been a favourite Canadian pastime, dating back to the late-1750s in Quebec, but historians know the popular sport didn’t exactly originate here — although Canadians have taken it well under their wing. The first mentions of a pastime that would evolve into modern curling come from Scotland, as early as the 16th century. A monk in Paisley, Scotland is recorded to have challenged the Abbot’s Deputy to a contest of stone thrown on ice, which was accepted. Archeologists have also discovered what they believe to be curling stones in Scotland dating as far back as 1511, which have yet to be found in other European countries. Although there is some argument whether this evidence means the Scots invented the game of curling, it certainly agrees with the years that followed in which Scotland developed the game into the sport that eventually made it over to Canada. The standard of four players throwing two stones each was established in the late 1700s, as curling clubs became more abundant in Scotland. In 1807, the sport was exported to Canada with the founding of The Montreal Curling Club, the first formal club outside of Scotland. Curling was already present in Canada, with Quebec curlers using iron stones instead of granite, but the creation of The Montreal Curling Club really established and standardized the sport — a club that is still in operation, celebrating its 213th anniversary this year. Curling thrived in Canada, settling in as a popular outdoor winter sport. Scottish immigrants brought their knowledge of the game, crafting stones for clubs and rinks, and joining Canadians on the ice to build clubs all over the country. Curlers found the Canadian environment perfect for the sport. With cold weather, plenty of open water to freeze, and the encouragement of Scottish club experts, Canadian curling clubs began playing against each other as early as 1830.

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