One by one, Glenn Howard, Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Martin, and Kevin Koe will select their All-Star teammates – schoolyard style – from a pool of the best curlers in Canada during The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented By Pinty's on Thursday at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.
The 30-minute production features Howard, Stoughton, Martin, and Koe drafting a new third, second, and lead. The mixed teams will compete for $100,000 in prize money during The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented by Pinty's this weekend live on TSN from Casino Rama in Rama, ON.
The world-class skips are among the 16 players that qualified for the inaugural draft after fans cast more than 550,000 votes on TSN.ca.
Vic Rauter hosts The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented by Pinty's from the TSN studio alongside Bryan Mudryk, who will be interviewing the players after they have been drafted.
The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented by Pinty's features Howard, Stoughton, Martin, and Koe wearing microphones, giving fans behind-the-scenes access as the skips make their picks.
The previously announced format of a random draw was changed to a draft format at the request of the players.
"The draft is the best part of the NHL All-Star weekend. With the characters involved, this draft will surely be entertaining – just imagine the trash talk between the guys," said Craig Savill, lead, Team Glenn Howard.
As part of The Dominion All-Star Curling Draft Show Presented by Pinty's rules:
- Skips cannot pick their regular teammates
- Skips will draw numbers to determine pick order
- A snake style format will be used
The following are the players who are in the field for this weekend's games.
Glenn Howard - 24,284
Jeff Stoughton - 23,684
Kevin Martin - 22,596
Kevin Koe - 19,181
John Morris - 29,677
Jon Mead - 28,436
Pat Simmons - 18,010
B.J. Neufeld - 13,993
Marc Kennedy - 29,482
Carter Rycroft - 21,672
Brent Laing - 21,032
Reid Carruthers - 19,665
Ben Hebert - 28,751
Craig Savill - 23,815
Steve Gould - 20,005
Nolan Thiessen - 18,555
The first semi-final can be seen on TSN, Saturday at 1pm et/10am pt, followed by the second semi-final at 8pm et/5pm pt.
The final game can be seen on TSN, Sunday at 1pm et/10am pt. All games are also available on TSN Mobile TV.