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  • Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre will host the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. (Ottawa Senators website photo)Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre will host the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. (Ottawa Senators website photo)

    It's one of the very best curling competitions in the world and it's on its way to the nation's capital. Will it be part of a heady couple of sporting weeks in Ottawa?

    Curling Canada has announced that the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, also known as The Roar Of The Rings, will be staged in the home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, the Canadian Tire Centre, from December 2nd-10th, two months ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, in South Korea.

    As well, Curling Canada has announced that Summerside, Prince Edward Island, will play host to the "Road to the Roar," which is a pre-trial event held a month previous (November 6th-12th), to determine the final entries into The Trials.

    Might make for a very busy time in Ottawa, if the Grey Cup Game is played there just a week before. There's been no official announcement as to which city will host the 2017 Grey Cup Game, but it is known there is a fair bit of support to hold it at TD Place Stadium, the home of the CFL's Redblacks, in the

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  • Brier fan group pays tribute to NHL great Lanny McDonald

    They're at it again.

    Year after year after year, a touring group of curling fans hits the Brier and livens the thing up with their spirit and decorates it with a dizzying array of colourful and always changing costumes.

    With the 2015 Brier being held in Calgary - and right in the home of the Calgary Flames - "The Sociables" will mix, mingle, hoot, holler and generally put smiles on people's faces as they take in Sunday's action dressed as Lanny McDonald, the former Flame who won a Stanley cup with the team in 1989.

    The group even got two-time Brier champion skip Glenn Howard to jump in and don a moustache. That's him in the centre, below, holding the tin foil Stanley Cup.

    This should

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  • Goodbye, Canadian Curling Association. Hello, Curling Canada

    The Canadian Curling association has changed its name to Curling Canada and revamped the old logo. (Curling Canada)The Canadian Curling association has changed its name to Curling Canada and revamped the old logo. (Curling Canada)

    As the 2015 Brier gets ready to really rev up in Calgary, the Canadian Curling Association has announced a big change: It will no longer be known as the Canadian Curling Association and it will no longer use this logo: 

    The old CCA logo.The old CCA logo.

    The name that it has used since 1990 has been put out to snowy, frigid, February pasture, replaced with a new name and logo.

    Introducing "Curling Canada."

    In a media release, Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw states that “The logo instantly identifies the sport and its role in Canada, and has an iconic, bold feel to it that at once looks modern and yet respectful of the game’s rich history and roots in Canada.”

    More from the media release:

    The new Curling Canada emblem is inspired by the shield iconography that is unique to curling in Canada, appearing over

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  • Curling great Jeff Stoughton to retire at season's end

    Jeff Stoughton at The Grand Slam of Curling's, 2014 National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)Jeff Stoughton at The Grand Slam of Curling's, 2014 National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)

    One of curling's all-time great skips, Jeff Stoughton, is retiring. The man known in equal parts for his shotmaking ability and his sense of humour has decided that it is time to step off the ice, something he will do in a mostly permanent way at the end of this season.

    "I've been thinking about it for a while and this feels like the right time," the three-time Brier champion said, over the phone, about an hour after he made the announcement to his Twitter followers.

    "It's never easy to say you're going to retire from the game," continued the 51 year old Stoughton, adding that he doesn't believe there's anything on the horizon that would keep him playing actively into next season. "It's a done deal," he confirmed.

    Sounding at ease with the decision, the man who's wowed the curling world for more

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  • Brier 2015: Contenders, challengers and long shots

    Last year's champs. If Kevin Koe (L) is to repeat as a Brier winning skip, he'll have to do it with a new team in 2015. (Michael Burns/CCA)Last year's champs. If Kevin Koe (L) is to repeat as a Brier winning skip, he'll have to do it with a new team in 2015. (Michael Burns/CCA)

    The 2015 Brier gets underway this weekend, with a field that is jam-packed with a slew of evenly matched teams vying for four playoff positions and, ultimately, a shot at hoisting the venerable tankard on Sunday night, March 8th. Splitting this field up into three groups is not easy. “It’s a pretty hefty field this year," notes Team Canada lead Nolan Thiessen. "There’s a lot of good teams. There’s going to be good teams that go 5 and 6 at this thing.” Indeed, while the Scotties seemed a little more cut and dried, the 2015 Brier holds possibilities for many more teams.

    NOTE: Team rankings come from the World Curling tour's Order of Merit (Year-to-Date) standings.

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    In this group, three teams stand out as most likely to secure a playoff spot at the end of the round robin. They are: Alberta (skipped by Kevin Koe), Newfoundland & Labrador (Brad Gushue) and Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs).

    Team Alberta is basically an all-star team, formed at the end of the 2013-14 season, when Koe

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  • What gives? Brad Gushue's 2017 Brier bid has competition. (Michael Burns/CCA)What gives? Brad Gushue's 2017 Brier bid has competition. (Michael Burns/CCA)Maybe they should have Team Jacobs and Team Gushue decide the matter on the ice at this year's Brier, in Calgary.

    Not that their game on March 5th won't be a spicy meatball as it is.

    If you added hosting the 2017 Brier to the stakes, that would make for one heck of a Thursday morning draw.

    First, 2006 Olympic gold medalist and 12 time Brier participant, Brad Gushue, made his intentions known. He wants the 2017 Brier to be staged in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Specifically, in St. John's. 

    Now, 2014 Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Brier champion Brad Jacobs has launched his own campaign (along with his teammates) to get the 2017 event to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

    Both of the bids have the blessing and support of the municipalities, neither of which has hosted a Brier in a long, long, long time.

    When last The Soo hosted, it was 1990. You go even farther back - much farther back - to find the last time St. John's was the host. That would be 1972.

    Let's

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  • Team Canada (L to R): Nolan Thiessen, Carter Rycroft, Pat Simmons and John Morris. (Team Morris website)Team Canada (L to R): Nolan Thiessen, Carter Rycroft, Pat Simmons and John Morris. (Team Morris website)

    “It took us awhile to kinda get things figured out, but I think we have," says Nolan Thiessen, a few days ahead of the 2015 Brier, which kicks off this week in Calgary.

    The 34 year old lead for Team Canada - the first ever Team Canada to play at a Brier - is hopeful that early season struggles are all behind a rink that comes into the event as defending champions. There have been tribulations. The kind that go along with putting the pieces of a team in order.

    “We didn’t have a great start to the season," he admits. "We didn’t play great.”

    Good reason for that. Although they were invited back to this year's Brier by virtue of their win at last year's, it's not the same team. The great shock wave that enveloped men's curling in 2014 really emanated from this squad, with skip Kevin Koe - who'd led the team since 2006 - deciding to hitch his wagon, for the next Olympic cycle, to some new teammates.

    Thiessen and second Carter Rycroft had been mates of Koe's the entire time, while vice Pat

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  • Can't be stopped: Manitoba wins the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

    Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones celebrates her win with teammates Jill Officer, Kaitlyn Lawes and Dawn McEwen in the gold medal game against Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardManitoba skip Jennifer Jones celebrates her win with teammates Jill Officer, Kaitlyn Lawes and Dawn McEwen in the gold medal game against Alberta at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    Jennifer Jones has taken another step towards putting her name at the very top of the list of all-time best skips in women's curling. If she hasn't gotten there already.

    With an almost wide open house at the other end of the ice - just one barely biting Alberta stone staring her down, Jones easily drew in for the winning point in a 6-5 victory, giving her Manitoba team the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship.

    “To come back after our Olympic win and come and win this event and be Team Canada at the worlds, we’re just so honoured,” Jones told TSN, moments after the victory.

    Jones and her St. Vital curling club team, with Dawn McEwen at lead, Jill Officer at second and Kaitlyn Lawes at third, scratched out a tough, tough win against a very game Alberta side, skipped by Val Sweeting.

    It wasn't a high octane, heartstopping kind of game, but it was one of close quarters, with neither side giving way too much, neither side able to grab it by the throat.

    It got off to a terrific

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  • 2015 Scotties Final: Manitoba vs Alberta tale of the tape

    Jennifer Jones (L) and Val Sweeting lead their teams into tonight's Scotties final. (Andrew Klaver/CCA)Jennifer Jones (L) and Val Sweeting lead their teams into tonight's Scotties final. (Andrew Klaver/CCA)

    The Scotties Tournament of Hearts will see its champions crowned tonight, as the reigning Olympic gold medalists from Manitoba, skipped by Jennifer Jones, take on Alberta, skipped by Val Sweeting (8pm ET, TSN).

    Here is a breakdown of some comparative numbers ahead of the big game.

    Jones has led Team Manitoba to an 11and 1 record, so far, beating Sweeting in the page 1 vs 2 game on Friday night, to earn a direct bye into tonight's final. Jones' team has a win/loss record of 59 and 14 this season, including games at this week's Scotties.

    Sweeting's rink has a Scotties record of 10 and 3, including Saturday's semi-final win over Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton. This season, the team from Alberta has a win/loss record of 55 and 17 (according to statistics from curlingzone.com accrued with Scotties records).

    Manitoba has outscored opponents by a total of 100-57 in the twelve games they've played so far this week. Alberta has outscored its opponents by a total score of 87-75 in its thirteen

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  • Saskatchewan's Stephanie Schmidt pulled off a beauty of a shot at the Scotties, on Saturday. (Andrew Klaver/CCA)Saskatchewan's Stephanie Schmidt pulled off a beauty of a shot at the Scotties, on Saturday. (Andrew Klaver/CCA)

    In what has been a terrific Scotties week littered with great shots at critical moments, Saskatchewan's Stephanie Schmidt may have claimed the top shelf with a pistol of a peel in her team's playoff win over Team Canada today.

    With play in the eleventh end of a 7-7 tie, Saskatchewan skip Stefanie Lawton's crew was in trouble, with the defending champions - skipped by Rachel Homan - pressing the issue and looking in good shape to perhaps steal their way to a win in the 3 vs 4 game, at Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place.

    That's when Schmidt sprang from the hack to pull off this beauty.

    That shot cleared everything out and led to Lawton having a clear draw to the eight-foot for the win, with her last stone.

    An obviously elated Schmidt must also have been feeling some relief, as well.

    In the tenth end, with her team up by two, Schmidt was caught in a hog line violation, failing to release her stone in time. With the rock being pulled at a critical moment in the end, the wasted shot was part of the

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