As the hockey world prepares to pause for the upcoming NHL All-Star Game, there will still be plenty of action on the ice, as the Canada’s best women curlers gather in Thunder Bay, Ontario for the 2022 edition of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Scotties, where the winners get crowned as Canadian women’s curling champions, and are bestowed with the honour of representing their country at the 2022 World Women’s Curling Championship.
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History of the Tournament
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the premier women’s curling event in Canada, and plays a huge role in the history of women’s curling in Canada, dating back more than a century. Various provincial curling champions have been held annually since 1913, but it was not until the formation of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association in 1960 that Canadian women curlers had a championship event they could call their own.
#OTD in 1960, The Canadian Ladies’ Curling Association was inaugurated 🥌
From @CurlingCanada: That year, the Eastern champ (Quebec’s Ruth Smith) played Western champ Joyce McKee of Saskatchewan for the first true Canadian title in Oshawa, Ont. — McKee’s team would prevail 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/CsUcSMMrS5
— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) February 2, 2021
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Canadian women’s curling championship struggled to maintain much-needed corporate sponsorship and saw its very existence put at risk after coming under pressure from the Canadian federal government to end its relationship with its long-time title sponsor, Macdonald Tobacco Company. However, with Scott Paper filling the corporate sponsorship void left by Macdonald Tobacco, the Scotties was born.
Scotties Tournament Format
Despite facing an array of logistical challenges posed by continued COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Scottie Tournament of Hearts will feature 18 teams representing each of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, as well as the reigning Canadian champions, Northern Ontario, and three wild card entries.
Scotties to feature 18-team field, three wild-cards https://t.co/XP0N1soqaL
— tbnewswatch (@tbnewswatch) January 13, 2022
Historically, just one wild card team has been included in the field, but with several of the past year’s provincial championships getting postponed due to the pandemic, the number of wild cards was increased to three in 2021. This year’s edition of the Scotties is set to take place just days prior to the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics, but plays no role in determining who will represent Canada in Beijing since the country’s Olympics was determined in Olympic trials held late last year.
With Jennifer Jones leading the way, Team Canada is poised to reclaim its perch atop the podium at the 2022 Winter Olympics
Einarson Vies for the Three-peat
After claiming victory at each of the past two editions of the Scotties, Kerri Einarson will be aiming to become the first skip in over a decade to lead her team to three straight Scotties titles. The 34-year-old native of Selkirk, Manitoba has emerged as a force since storming onto the Canadian curling scene in 2016. Einarson led Manitoba to a fourth-place finish in her first Scotties appearance in 2016, and after enduring subsequent disappointments, she finally fulfilled her vast potential by leading her crew to the 2020 championship with a thrilling victory over the legendary Rachel Homan’s entry from Ontario in the tourney final.
Einarson defends Scotties title with win over Homan. #STOH2021
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 1, 2021
Einarson followed up with another impressive performance in 2021, racking up a sparkling 10-2 record on the way to a rematch with Homan and Team Ontario in the final, which they once again won in a walk-off fashion. Einarson’s recent success extends a steady record of dominance at this event for both Manitoba and Team Canada. Overall, Manitoba and Team Canada have been crowned Canadian champions on 21 occasions since the Canadian women’s curling championship was established in 1961.
Emma Miskew to skip Team Homan at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 16, 2022
And considering the uncertainty caused by the cancellation of several provincial championships, and the absence of the likes of Homan and Jennifer Jones, both of whom will be representing Canada in Beijing, the path is clear for Einarson to complete the three-peat. However, the reigning champions cannot afford to overlook the wild card entry from Ottawa that features three of the four members of Homan’s 2021 crew, led by a three-time Canadian champion and former Olympian Emma Miskew.
The last Saskatchewan team to win a Scotties stopped in to show their support and we 💚 them for it! Team Holland, your 2011 Canadian Champs, are taking your calls.
☎️ 866-210-6011 #ChampionsStartSmall pic.twitter.com/IdmZLM6fo6
— Sandra Schmirler Foundation (@SandraSchmirler) February 16, 2020
Not to be overlooked is Team Saskatchewan. Tied with Manitoba with a record 11 Canadian titles, Saskatchewan has now raised the trophy at the Scotties since 2011. However, they have posted winning records in round-robin action in each of the past three editions of the tournament and could fly under the radar this time around.
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