Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brier and Tournament of Hearts Have Formats Changed to Expand Field to 16 Rinks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brier and Tournament of Hearts Have Formats Changed to Expand Field to 16 Rinks

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Brier and Tournament of Hearts expand field

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OTTAWA - Canada's national curling championships -- the Brier and the Tournament of Hearts -- had their fields expanded to 16 rinks on Sunday at Curling Canada's annual general meeting.

The tournaments will now feature the champions of Curling Canada's 14 member associations, the defending champions representing Canada, as well as the top-ranked non-qualified team on the Canadian team ranking system once each provincial/territorial playdown is completed.

The new format is a pilot that was approved in concept at the 2015 Curling Canada AGM, which takes advantage of the fact the 2018 championships will have little or no bearing on the qualifying process for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The teams will be split into two pools of eight, with the top four teams from each pool then advancing to a championship pool that will determine the final four playoff teams. …

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