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Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Returns to Sault Ste. Marie for the Boost National, Nov. 14-19

November 8, 2017

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– Live coverage begins Thursday, Nov. 16 on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW –

TORONTO (November 8, 2017) The world’s elite curlers are returning to “The Soo” for the second time in two years as the Boost National – the third event of the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season – rolls into town November 14-19. Sportsnet’s live coverage of the Boost National kicks off Thursday, Nov. 16 at Noon p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW (full broadcast details below).

Taking over the Essar Centre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the Boost National features 15 top men’s and women’s teams from around the world, including hometown favourite and 2014 Winter Olympic gold medallist Team Jacobs. All 30 teams will compete in a round-robin style bonspiel, contending for a combined $250,000 purse and a berth in the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam event of the season.

For additional details regarding event format, team lists and scoring, please visit thegrandslamofcurling.com

Returning for another can’t-miss Grand Slam event, Sportsnet’s expert curling commentators will be at the heart of the action in Sault Ste. Marie. Veteran broadcaster Rob Faulds will have the play-by-play call while Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin, 1998 Olympic silver medallist Mike Harris and 1998 Olympic gold medallist Joan McCusker provide insight and analysis throughout the bonspiel.

Interviews and Media Accreditation

Grand Slam of Curling competitors and Sportsnet’s curling commentators are available to discuss the Boost National and 2017-18 season. For interview requests or media accreditation, please contact meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com

Owned and operated by Sportsnet since 2012, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men’s and women’s curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. The series expanded from five to seven events for the 2015-16 season. Additionally, total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events increased to $2 million for 2016-17 season. For more details on future events, please visit www.thegrandslamofcurling.com.

Sportsnet Broadcast Schedule – Boost National
*Broadcast schedule subject to change

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • Round Robin, Noon p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)
  • Round Robin, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)
  • Round Robin, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (Sportsnet 360 & Sportsnet NOW)

Friday, Nov. 17

  • Round Robin, Noon p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)
  • Round Robin, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)
  • Round Robin, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Women’s Quarter-finals, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (CBC)
  • Men’s Quarter-finals, 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE & Sportsnet NOW)
  • Men’s & Women’s Semifinals, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT (Sportsnet ONE & Sportsnet NOW)

Sunday, Nov. 19

  • Men’s Final, Noon p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (CBC)
  • Women’s Final, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. ET (Sportsnet & Sportsnet NOW)

Additional events in the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series include:

  •  Meridian Canadian Open – Camrose, AB (January 16-21, Encana Arena at Camrose Recreation Centre)
  • Princess Auto Elite 10 – Winnipeg, MB (March 15-18, St. James Civic Centre)
  • Players’ Championship – Toronto, ON (April 10-15, Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
  • Humpty’s Champions Cup – Calgary, AB (April 24-29, WinSport Arena, Canada Olympic Park)

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Media Contacts
Meghann Cox, meghann.cox@rci.rogers.com, (m) 416.258.3296
Jordan Kerbel, jordan.kerbel@rci.rogers.com, (m) 437.995.3880