Get to know the men’s teams competing in the 2020 Meridian Canadian Open running Jan. 14-19 at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, Sask.
|Brendan Bottcher||Darren Moulding||Brad Thiessen||Karrick Martin|
Edmonton, AB | Team Bottcher are the defending Meridian Canadian Open men’s champions having won the event a year ago in North Battleford, Sask. It was the first GSOC title of their careers and the first of three in a row to finish the 2018-19 season.
Team De Cruz
|Benoit Schwarz||Sven Michel||Peter de Cruz||Valentin Tanner|
Geneva, SUI | De Cruz, who throws second stones while skipping, captured the Meridian Canadian Open in 2018 to earn his first career GSOC title. He earned bronze for Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Olympics and three times at the world championship.
|Korey Dropkin||Joe Polo||Mark Fenner||Tom Howell|
Chaska, USA | Team Dropkin won the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 2 men’s title to earn a promotion into the elite ranks here at the Meridian Canadian Open. They became the first American men’s team to claim a title in the GSOC.
|Matt Dunstone||Braeden Moskowy||Catlin Schneider||Dustin Kidby|
Regina, SK | Dunstone went on a remarkable run through the 2019 Masters to win his first career men’s title in the series facing nothing but former GSOC champions along the way. Moskowy claimed the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup with Team Carruthers in 2016.
|Niklas Edin||Oskar Eriksson||Rasmus Wrana||Christoffer Sundgren|
Karlstad, SWE | The 2016-17 season was a “tre kronor” for Team Edin as they won their first three GSOC men’s championships. Edin recently earned his record-extending seventh European Championships gold medal and finished runner-up at the Boost National.
|John Epping||Ryan Fry||Mat Camm||Brent Laing|
Toronto, ON | Team Epping won two titles on tour in September and captured the Canada Cup in December to earn an Olympic Trials spot. Epping won the Meridian Canadian Open the last time the event was held here in Yorkton in 2015 and shot 100 per cent in the final.
|Jason Gunnlaugson||Alex Forrest||Adam Casey||Connor Njegovan|
Winnipeg, MB | Gunnlaugson won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 title in 2017. The journeyman Casey, who has competed in the Brier six times representing three different provinces, joined the Manitoba-based team this season.
|Brad Gushue||Mark Nichols||Brett Gallant||Geoff Walker|
St. John’s, NL | Gushue reached the final both times Yorkton hosted the Meridian Canadian Open in the past winning the event in 2014 and finishing runner-up in 2015. The 11-time GSOC title winner Gushue was also victorious at the Meridian Canadian Open in 2017.
|Glenn Howard||Scott Howard||David Mathers||Tim March|
Penetanguishene, ON | Glenn Howard has earned 14 GSOC men’s titles as a skip to rank second on the all-time list behind only Kevin Martin (18). He has won the Canadian Open twice taking the championship in 2009 and 2012.
|Brad Jacobs||Marc Kennedy||E.J. Harnden||Ryan Harnden|
Sault Ste. Marie, ON | Jacobs has won six GSOC men’s titles including back-to-back championships entering this event at the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Boost National. Kennedy, who joined Team Jacobs this season, has earned 14 titles in the series including three at the Canadian Open.
|Kevin Koe||B.J. Neufeld||Colton Flasch||Ben Hebert|
Calgary, AB | Koe has won four GSOC men’s titles as a skip including the Canadian Open in 2013. They are the reigning Brier champions and world silver medallists. Neufeld has won seven championships in the series while Hebert has 12 to his name.
|Mike McEwen||Reid Carruthers||Derek Samagalski||Colin Hodgson|
Winnipeg, MB | McEwen has captured seven GSOC men’s titles including back-to-back Canadian Open championships during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Carruthers won the National in 2013 with Team Stoughton and skipped his own squad to the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup in 2016.
|Bruce Mouat||Grant Hardie||Bobby Lammie||Hammy McMillan Jr.|
Edinburgh, SCO | Mouat won his first GSOC championship at the Boost National in 2017 and at age 23 became the youngest men’s skip to capture a title in the series. The team finished runner-up at the even the following season falling to compatriots Team Paterson in the first-ever all-Scottish final in series history.
|Kirk Muyres||Kevin Marsh||Dan Marsh||Dallan Muyres|
Saskatoon, SK | Muyres won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 men’s title in 2018 during his first season skipping on the men’s tour. The Muyres bros. finished runner-up at the 2014 Canadian Open in Yorkton while playing with Team Laycock.
|Ross Paterson||Kyle Waddell||Craig Waddell||Michael Goodfellow|
Glasgow, SCO | Team Paterson took their first GSOC title at the BOOST National in 2018 defeating Team Mouat in the first-ever all-Scottish final in the series. Paterson represented Scotland at the European Championships this season and earned the bronze medal. Team Bryce’s Craig Waddell is subbing for second Duncan Menzies.
|Yannick Schwaller||Michael Brunner||Romano Meier||Marcel Käufeler|
Bern, SUI | Schwaller skipped Switzerland to silver at the European Championships this season. They have won two tour events this year as well capturing the Baden Masters on home ice and the Oakville Fall Classic in Ontario during back-to-back weeks.