UPDATE: Sportsnet and the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling have cancelled the 2020 Humpty’s Champions Cup.
Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin clinched a spot in the Humpty’s Champions Cup with their European Championships gold-medal victory.
Team Edin topped Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller 9-3 in Saturday’s men’s final on home ice to secure their place for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season finale running April 29 to May 3, 2020, in Olds, Alta.
Edin ran the table posting a perfect 11-0 record en route to capturing his seventh European title.
It was a Swedish sweep at the European Championships with Team Anna Hasselborg successfully defending the women’s title. Hasselborg pulled off an incredible runback to score two points in the 10th end to edge Scotland’s Team Eve Muirhead 5-4.
The reigning Olympic gold medallist Hasselborg had already locked up a berth in the Humpty’s Champions Cup by winning the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1 earlier this month in Pictou County, N.S. As a result, a World Curling Tour event winner (based on strength of field on Feb. 15, 2020) will receive an invitation.
A total of 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will compete in the Humpty’s Champions Cup.
Among the men’s teams that have also earned spots are Team Brendan Bottcher (2019 Players’ Championship), Team Kevin Koe (2018-19 Pinty’s Cup), Team Matt Dunstone (2019 Masters), Team Brad Jacobs (2019 KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1) and Team Chang-min Kim
(2019 Pacific-Asia championship).
Teams invited on the women’s side also include Team Kerri Einarson (2019 Players’ Championship), Team Silvana Tirinzoni (2019 Humpty’s Champions Cup), Team Tracy Fleury (2019 Masters) and Team Yu Han (2019 Pacific-Asia championship).
2020 Humpty’s Champions Cup qualifying events
- 2019 Players’ Championship
- 2019 Humpty’s Champions Cup
- 2019 Masters
- 2019 KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge (Tier 1)
- 2019 BOOST National
- 2020 Meridian Canadian Open
- 2019 European Championships
- 2019 Pacific-Asia Championships
- 2020 Tim Hortons Brier/Scotties Tournament of Hearts
- 2020 U.S. National Championships
- 2020 World Junior Championships
- 2020 World Championships
Note: In the event of duplicate winners of the qualifying events, World Curling Tour event winners will be invited based on the strength of field of the event as of Feb. 15, 2020. In the event that a single team wins both the Players’ Championship and Humpty’s Champions Cup in the previous season, the Pinty’s Cup winners from that season will be awarded a spot. In the event that the same team wins all three, a winning team from a top WCT event based on strength of field will be invited to participate.