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The best of Canadian and International men’s curling will be on the ice later this month in Portage la Prairie, as they compete for cash and a trophy being renamed to honour one of Manitoba’s best curlers.

The Canad Inns Prairie Classic Championship – a stop on the World Curling Tour – runs from October 18th – 21st at the Portage Curling Club.

The championship hardware will now be named the Dave Elias Memorial Trophy, in honour of the late Manitoba men’s curling champion, who passed away earlier this year.

“At a young age, Dave became a legend in the curling world.”  said CEO Paul Robson. “Not only was he member of multiple provincial championship contenders and winning teams, he also had the distinct experience of competing at every position. “

“I know the curling world and the broader community misses this exceptional individual and Canad Inns is honoured to have this opportunity to recognize Dave’s legacy,” said Robson.

The Prairie Classic will feature 32 world-class curling teams, competing in the triple knockout event for the $ 60,000 purse.

The competition will provide fans with a preview to the December Canadian Olympic Trial, as well as the Olympics game in 2014.

This year’s line-up features last year’s winner Team Kevin Koe as well as two-time winner Team Mike McEwen. Other Canadian Olympic contenders competing include the Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard and Brad Gushue teams as well as top teams from Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

On the international side, Niklas Edin – the 2013 World Men’s Champion – will be there as well as teams from Russia, Norway, China and the United States.

Friday to Sunday draw times are 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with the final games taking place on Monday place at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and the final at 6 p.m.

Shaw Cable will broadcast the 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm game on Sunday and the Final game on  Monday at 6:00 pm.

Tickets for the Canad Inns Prairie Classic are available by contacting Trent Ward, General Manager of Canad Inns Destination Centre Portage la Prairie at 204-857-9745.

Draw pass $ 8.
Daily pass $ 15.
Weekend pass $ 20.
Event pass $ 40.

Canad Inns is committed to the spirit of community partnership and is proud to host the Prairie Classic in Portage la Prairie as part of the World Curling Tour.

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Media Contact:

Cindy Carswell
Vice President, Corporate Identity & Community Relations
Canad Inns


It is with much enthusiasm that the organizing committee and the board of directors of the Buckingham Curling Club announce today the 5th edition of the Challenge Château Cartier de Gatineau which will be held from October 23th to 27th 2013 at the centre sportif Robert Rochon (Masson-Angers sector of Gatineau) as well as the Buckingham Curling Club and the Thurso Curling Club.

This tournament is part of the 2013-2014 World Curling Tour » (WCT) and is considered as one of the most important competitions held in Eastern Canada.

For this 5th edition, there are 32 elite men’s teams, 16 women’s elite teams and 20 open class teams registered for a total of 68 teams coming from 8 Canadian provinces and from Sweden. All these teams will play for a record total purse of more than $65,000.

Highlighting some of the most notable men’s elite teams:

  • The 2013 Canadian Champions and currently ranked # 2 team on the WCT, the team skipped by Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste-Marie;
  • The 2012 defending Challenge Champions, the team skipped by Mark Dacey from Halifax;
  • The gold medalist from the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Brad Gushue;
  • The 2013 Quebec Champions skipped by Gatineau’s Jean-Michel Ménard.

Highlighting some of the most notable women’s elite teams :

  • The 2013 Canadian Champions and currently ranked # 1 team on the WCT, the team skipped by de Rachel Homan of Ottawa;
  • The 2012 defending Challenge Champions, the team skipped by Julie Reddick of Toronto;
  • The team skipped by Cissi Ostlund from Sweden, a member of the 2011 world championship team;
  • The 2013 Quebec Champions skipped by Allison Ross from Montreal.

The director of the Challenge, Mr. Dany Beaulieu would like to highlight that there are 8 teams (6 men’s and 2 women’s) registered in the Gatineau tournament that are currently part of the upcoming Olympic selection process for Canada.

The elite teams will take the ice at the Centre sportif Robert-Rochon starting at 8:30 Thursday October 24th . The tournament goes until Sunday October 27th when the Finals will be played at 15:30.

The Open Class games will get under way Wednesday October 23rd at 18:45 at the Centre sportif Robert-Rochon. Most of the remaining games will be held at the Buckingham and Thurso Curling Clubs except for the semi finals and finals which will be held at the Centre sportif Robert-Rochon on October 27th starting at noon .

The “On the Rocks” lounge, located on the 2nd floor of the centre sportif Robert Rochon, will allow spectators to comfortably view the many games. The daily admission fee will be 5$ for spectators.

Buckingham Curling Club’s president, Mr. Alain Deschâtelets, reminded the importance of the many partners, sponsors, collaborators and volunteers that will make this major event successful and which will have significant economic benefits for Gatineau and all of the National Capital region. Mr. Deschâtelets highlighted the contribution of the City of Gatineau, Curling Québec, TC Média and the title sponsor of the event, Le Château Cartier now referred to as Double Tree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa.

Representing our title sponsor, Double Tree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa, Mr. Pierre Charette is proud to once again be partnering with the most prestigious curling tournament in our region. Mr. Charette also mentioned the great work done by Mr. Dany Beaulieu and his organizing committee to ensure the success of this event and outlined the efforts of the Buckingham Curling Club’s board of directors for showcasing the sport of curling in our region.

Request for information:                

Dany Beaulieu
Director, 2013 Challenge Château Cartier de Gatineau
(819) 213-7027

Alain Deschatelets
Buckingham Curling Club President
(819) 986-2284

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