24 teams in 24 days — Day 15: Team Mouat
We’re profiling all 24 teams, one per day, to get ready for the return of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling leading up to the start of the Humpty’s Champions Cup.
Day 15: Team Mouat
Lineup: Bruce Mouat (skip), Grant Hardie (third), Bobby Lammie (second), Hammy McMillan Jr. (lead)
Hometown: Stirling, Scotland
Team Mouat are No. 5 on the men’s world curling team rankings.
Mouat won the world junior gold in 2016 to earn a spot in the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup in Sherwood Park, Alta., where he made his Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling debut. Although Mouat did not qualify for the playoffs, his club picked up two huge wins in pool play over Team Edin and Team Shuster.
Cousins Hardie and McMillan Jr. linked up with Mouat and Lammie in 2017 and the four clicked together instantly winning back-to-back tour events in Oakville, Ont., to start the season. They defeated Chang-min Kim’s team in both finals and faced off for a third championship that season at the Boost National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Mouat was victorious 9-4 to capture his first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling men’s title and at age 24 became the youngest men’s skip to win a championship in the series.
The rivalry concluded at the 2018 world championship in Las Vegas with Mouat defeating Kim 11-4 in the bronze-medal match.
Team Mouat reached the semifinals at the Masters in North Bay, Ont., and BOOST National in Conception Bay South, N.L., last season.
The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling returns with the Humpty’s Champions Cup, April 14-18, followed by the Princess Auto Players’ Championship, April 20-25. Both events will be played at Calgary’s WinSport Arena and closed to the general public. Watch live coverage on Sportsnet, stay tuned for the broadcast schedule.