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Classic Previews Olympic Hopefulls; Dave Elias Memorial Trophy Unveiled | CurlingZone

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


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