Category - The Brier

2012 Brier preview from Team Kevin Koe

Kevin Koe

Kevin Koe

Kevin Koe

Things get cooking with the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier starting this Saturday in Saskatoon. Looks like a great field with many of the top men’s teams back again this year.

One of this year’s contenders is without a doubt Team Alberta and Kevin Koe. The 2010 champ is back and looking to take another run at the title.

Over on the Team Kevin Koe blog they did a great preview of their upcoming Brier week, with some great breakdowns of their upcoming games. Thought it was worth sharing as its a great look inside the team’s thinking as they enter the competition.

On their game with Team Glenn Howard:

Team Glenn Howard has been a nemesis of ours over the years. I think we are about 4-12 against them in six years together. Not exactly a shinning record. We did beat them in the Brier final though and that is enough to give us the confidence that we can compete with the favorites here this year week. It will also put a big giant shiny bullseye on us for them, they are going to want some vengeance for that loss. Hopefully we do not give them any here.

And their Tuesday games against Team Brad Gushue and N. Ontario’s Brad Jacobs:

Our hardest day on paper by far. This is Brad’s 27th Brier appearance (in all honesty it’s only his 9th, but he’s only 31! 9 Briers, 6 Junior Canadians and one Olympics by 31!) so there is no lack of experience in the back end of this squad. Surprisingly this is only the second time we will have played Brad this year. His team will always be in the hunt at the Brier and this year will not be any exception.

The team from Moose country. Easily one of the top teams in Canada. When we played them at the Halifax Brier we weren’t expecting to see them in the playoffs but they played great all week and we ended up having to beat them in the semi-final that year. Now … we expect them in the playoffs and we will hopefully be there to meet them. These guys put in the effort and play all over Canada now on tour and it is paying off. This is the fourth game in four draws for us so hopefully our conditioning is going to pull us through and we go out and finish off this tough stretch with a good win.

Should be an interesting week, good luck to all the teams. See the full blog with Brier preview from Team kevin Koe here.

2012 TSN Curling broadcast schedule

Great news for Canadian curling fans that TSN signed a new long term deal with the Canadian Curling Association to expand coverage of top curling events on the network through 2020. As part of the deal TSN will be the exclusive rights holder for Season of Champion events like the Tim Hortons Brier and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Check out this page for a full listing of 2012 curling broadcasts on TSN and TSN2.

This is an important deal for all involved:

“The Canadian Curling Association is absolutely delighted to be announcing that our partnership with TSN has not only been extended, but also further enhanced for the long-term. This is one of the most significant items that the CCA has been able to achieve in our recent history,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer, CCA. “This exclusive broadcast partnership with TSN, and now RDS, has provided an exceptional opportunity to further expose our sport to both existing and potential curling enthusiasts across Canada; grow our already significant programming hours; and ensure comprehensive broadcast stability for the next decade. The fact that approximately 250 hours of Season of Champions coverage will also be shown on French- language television is a wonderful success story for curling.”

It’s great to see curling become a cornerstone sport in TSN’s lineup. It should provide Canadian curling fans the breadth and consistency of coverage they have come to expect.

The Scotties gets going from Feb 18-26th, 2012.

Meanwhile the Brier is back in Saskatoon this year and happens Mar 3-11th, 2012.


Curling on TSN – 2010/11

The leader in TV curling coverage, TSN, has released its schedule for the upcoming 2010/11 curling season.

TSN’s lineup includes extensive coverage of CCA ‘Season of Champions’ events including The Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts as well as its homegrown, made-for-TV TSN Skins Game from Casino Rama.

Canada Cup of Curling
Saturday 12/4, 3:30pm – Women’s Semi Finals
Saturday 12/4, 8:30pm – Men’s Semi Finals
Sunday 12/5, 1:00pm – Men’s & Women’s Finals

Continental Cup of Curling
Thursday 1/13, 10:30am – Women’s Team Competition
Thursday 1/13, 3:30pm – Mixed Doubles
Thursday 1/13, 8:00pm – Men’s Team Competition
Friday 1/14, 10:30am – Women’s Team Competition
Friday 1/14, 3:30pm – Mixed Doubles
Friday 1/14, 9:30pm – Men’s Team Competition
Saturday 1/15, 11:00am – ‘A’ Skins Competition
Saturday 1/15, 4:00pm – Singles
Saturday 1/15, 9:30pm – ‘B’ Skins Competition
Sunday 1/16, 1:00pm – Women’s ‘C’ Skins
Sunday 1/16, 8:00pm – Men’s ‘C’ Skins

Casino Rama Skins Game
Saturday 1/22, 1:00pm – Semi Final #1
Saturday 1/22, 8:00pm – Semi Final #2
Sunday 1/23, 1:00pm – Championship Final

Canadian Junior Championship
Saturday 2/5, 7:30pm – Women’s Final
Sunday 2/6, 7:30pm – Men’s Final

Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Saturday 2/19, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws # 1 & #2
Sunday 2/20, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #3, #4 & #5
Monday 2/21, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #6, #7 & #8
Tuesday 2/22, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #9, #10 & #11
Wednesday 2/23, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #12, #13 & #14
Thursday 2/24, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #15, #16 & #17
Friday 2/25, 1:30pm – Tiebreaker
Friday 2/25, 6:30pm – Page Playoff 1 v. 2
Saturday 2/26, 11:00am – Page Playoff 3 v. 4
Saturday 2/26, 4:00pm – Semi Final
Sunday 2/27, 6:30pm – Championship Final

Tim Hortons Brier
Saturday 3/5, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #1 & #2
Sunday 3/6, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #3, #4 & #5
Monday 3/7, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #6, #7 & #8
Tuesday 3/8, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #9, #10 & #11
Wednesday 3/9, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #12, #13 & #14
Thursday 3/10, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #15, #16 & #17
Friday 3/11, 2:30pm – Tiebreaker
Friday 3/11, 7:30pm – Page Playoff 1 v. 2
Saturday 3/12, 2:30pm – Page Playoff 3 v. 4
Sunday 3/13, 7:30pm – Championship Final

Kevin Koe – what a season!

Our hats go off to Alberta’s Kevin Koe who had a fantastic season this year capturing the Tim Horton’s Brier and going on to take the Ford World Championships a few weeks later.

Koe certainly took advantage of his opportunities this year. First off, not having to face nemesis Kevin Martin in the Alberta playdowns, he knocked off Randy Ferbey’s team to secure the Brier berth for Alberta. He and his team then played progressively better and better as the Brier week went along, culminating in a sweet extra-ends victory over Glenn Howard in the final. The cold draw that Koe made in the final end (see video below) was clutch, that’s all I can say. Congrats.

Some photos from the Brier 1-2 game


Had a chance to take in tonight’s 1-2 page playoff game at the Tim Horton’s Brier in hamilton – between Brad Gushue and Glenn Howard. My first ever Brier game (hopefully not the last).

Despite the fact that Gushue played really well, Glenn Howard and his team just couldn’t get it together tonight. A number of uncharacteristic misses by the Ontario team led to a 4-0 deficit after 2 ends. Howard rallied in the 10th to make it interesting, but the 2nd half of tonight’s match was relatively uninspiring.

Here are a couple quick photos – and by the way – in case you were wondering, getting good seats for tonight’s game was a snap. We walked up for seats right before the match and had plenty of really good seats to pick from…Â

Pre-game at the Brier

Glenn Howard of Midland, Ontario

Olympic champ Marc Nichols of NFLD

Day Passes for 2007 Brier go on sale

Patrons of the upcoming Brier in hamilton can now purchase day passes for seats that weren’t snapped up during weekly pass sales.

From the press release:

“This is a great opportunity for curling fans to pick a day of their choosing to enjoy all the flavour of the Tim Hortons Brier,” said Host Committee Chairman Dwayne Pyper. “It’s another way to allow fans who may not be able to attend for the entire week or for either the first or last weekend to at least experience the event for a day, at a very affordable price.”

And yes, entry to the Brier patch is included. Get’em while its hot, or before all the seats are gone….get Brier tickets online at the CCA website here.Â

Historic Brier video footage released by CCA


What a hoot!

The Canadian Curling Assoc has released a series of historical Brier videos on their that profile the MacDonald’s Briers as far back as 1948 and as recent as 1974. The videos were originally shot as short films for MacDonald Tobacco who owned the rights to the Brier prior to 1980. In curling’s early days, they videos were the only TV coverage of curling available and would be shown on the CBC after evening newscasts as an annual wrap-up of the beloved tournament. has the whole story here.

2007 Brier tickets (Hamilton) go on sale today

Beginning today weekly passes as well as particular weekend packages for the 2007 Brier at Copps Coliseaum go on sale. Visit the site here.

Individual daily tickets don’t go on sale until a few weeks before the event.

Hamilton last hosted the Brier in 1991 when Alberta‘s Kevin Martin and his rink of Martin, Kevin Park, Dan Petryk and Don Bartlett defeated Randy Woytowich in the final.

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