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Team Hasselborg and Team Gushue Claim Princess Auto Elite 10 Titles in Chatham-Kent

The Canadian Beef Masters, the second Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event of the season begins Oct. 23 in Truro, NS –

CHATHAM-KENT, ON (September 30, 2018) The first event of the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling has drawn to a close as Team Hasselborg (Sundbyberg, Sweden) and Team Gushue (St. John’s, NL) have captured the Princess Auto Elite 10 titles at the St. Clair Campus Arena in Chatham-Kent, ON.

In the women’s draw, Team Hasselborg made history Sunday afternoon, capturing its first Grand Slam crown at the inaugural Princess Auto Elite 10 women’s competition. The 2018 Olympic gold medallist claimed the historic women’s title following a 4-0 victory over Team Tirinzoni. With this win, Team Hasselborg takes home $32,000 of the $100,000 women’s purse and qualifies for the Humpty’s Champions Cup, the final event of the 2018-19 Grand Slam season.

“This has been a goal for us since we came into the Slam series”, said skip Anna Hasselborg. “To [win] this early in the season really proves that we are on the right track. I’m just so happy with how the team performed today. We played the best game so far.”

In men’s action, Team Gushue captured its 11th career Grand Slam title following a 2-1 victory over retooled Team Carruthers (Winnipeg). In addition to the title, Team Gushue collects $30,000 of the $100,000 men’s purse.

“I didn’t know what to expect seeing as how Mark and I only got on the ice last Sunday,” said skip Brad Gushue, who already holds a spot in the Humpty’s Champions Cup as last season’s winner. “We had low expectations, but to come out here and win against teams that have played two, three or four times, it’s good but a little bit of luck. We had some fortunate misses against us and also made some key shots too.”

The Princess Auto Elite 10 also marks the start of the season-long race for Pinty’s Cup. As announced in April, the team that collects the highest total of points by the conclusion of the 2019 Players’ Championship will capture the winner’s share of the $300,000 Rogers Bonus pool at the end of the season. The winners of both the men’s and women’s Pinty’s Cup will also receive personalized championship rings to commemorate their win.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour continues for the 2018-19 season with the Canadian Beef Masters in Truro, NS beginning Oct. 23.

Additional events in the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series include:

  • Canadian Beef Masters – Truro, NS (Oct. 23-28, 2018 at Rath Eastlink Arena)
  • Tour Challenge – Thunder Bay, ON (Nov. 6-11, 2018 at Tournament Centre)
  • Boost National – Conception Bay South, NL (Dec. 11-16, 2018 at Conception Bay South Arena)
  • Meridian Canadian Open – North Battleford, SK (Jan. 8-13, 2019 at Civic Centre)
  • Players’ Championship – Toronto, ON (April 9-14, 2019 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
  • Humpty’s Champions Cup – Saskatoon, SK (April 23-28, 2019 at Merlis Belsher Place)

*Event ticket information is available online

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