WINDSOR, Canada – As a murderer’s row of world-ranked men’s curling teams hits the ice for the first of four Capital One Grand Slam of Curling playoff battles, rabid curling fans from around the world can tune in for a weekend of live webstreamed coverage.
Capital One and iSport Media and Management are pleased to announce a FREE weekend of live curling game coverage from the Grey Power World Cup of Curling in Windsor, Canada. As the first of four events in the 2011 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series, the Grey Power World Cup of Curling began the week with 18 teams and now features the final eight squads vying for a $100,000 prize purse.
Available NOW is the quarterfinal match between 2006 Olympic champion Brad Gushue (St. John, Newfoundland and Labrador) and Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton, the 1996 world champion who lost the 2005 Olympic Trials final to Gushue. The match is available in High-Definition and is produced by CBC-TV, the official broadcast partner of the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.
International viewers can watch at: http://curlingtv.cansportlive.com
Canadian viewers can watch at: http://cbc.ca/sports/curling
Semifinal action continues at 7:00pm ET Saturday night, November 6 and the championship final takes place on Sunday, November 7 at 1:00pm ET. All broadcasts are available free this weekend. The remaining three events of the Grand Slam series will be available for online purchase – the 2011 Swiss Chalet National, December 15-19 from the Wesbilt Centre in Vernon, Canada; the 2011 BDO Classic Canadian Open from General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Canada January 26-30; and the Grand Slam of Curling climax, the 2011 Grey Power Players’ Championship, April 12-17 from the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie, Canada.
In other quarterfinal action now underway, defending world champion Kevin Koe (Edmonton) is up against Rob Fowler of Brandon; four-time defending champion Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ontario is battling Sweden’s 2010 Olympians skipped by Niklas Edin (Karlstad); and Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen is challenging the Vancouver 2010 Olympic champions, Team Kevin Martin of Edmonton.
No less than eight teams were tied for playoff contention with 3-2 won/loss records following Friday night’s round robin finale. Edin and Howard qualified directly for the quarterfinals thanks to their shootout scores, and a series of tiebreakers was held Saturday morning to decide the final three playoff squads.
In tiebreaker action, Gushue upended Pat Simmons (Davidson, Sask.), Koe edged Wayne Middaugh (Toronto) and McEwen stole a victory from Olympic silver medallist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.
To follow live scoring from the Grey Power World Cup of Curling, please visit: http://grandslamofcurling.com