Brad Jacobs and his Olympic gold medal team will be hoping for home ice advantage when the Grand Slam of Curling, National arrives in Sault Ste. Marie November 19-23, 2014.
Eighteen of the top men’s curling teams in the world, including Team Jacobs, will be playing in the National, Grand Slam of Curling event at the Essar Centre for a prize purse of $100, 000. The National is one of four majors on the Grand Slam of Curling series. Team Jacobs has already won one World Curling Tour event this season and had strong finishes in two other spiels. They will be facing some tough competition against field that includes other Olympic, world and Canadian champions. Among the teams expected to be in the Sault include Jeff Stoughton, Glen Howard, John Morris, Kevin Koe, Mike McEwen and Brad Gushue. Gushue won the first Grand Slam event when he defeated Mike McEwen at the Masters, Grand Slam event in Selkirk Manitoba this past weekend.
The Soo Curlers, home rink of Team Jacobs, will be hosting the Grand Slam Social House on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with food, refreshment and autograph sessions with the teams. Some one hundred local volunteers are working on the planning and running of this major curling event. This is the third World Curling event to be held in Sault Ste. Marie which continues to grow its reputation as a venue for large curling events. Sault Ste. Marie has hosted more than thirty major curling championships over the years including national and provincial championships.
A full event pass to the National is $195 and available at the Essar Centre.
The other Grand Slam events include the Canadian Open, Yorkton Saskatchewan in December, The Elite 10 in Fort McMurray in March and the Players’ Championship in Toronto in April 2015.