Masters Men’s Teams

Get to know the men’s teams competing in the 2019 Masters running Oct. 22-27 at North Bay Memorial Gardens in North Bay, Ont.

Team Bottcher

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Brendan
Bottcher
Darren
Moulding
Bradley
Thiessen
Karrick
Martin

Edmonton, AB | Bottcher is aiming for a fourth consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event title after capturing his first three all in a row last season at the Meridian Canadian Open, Players’ Championship and Humpty’s Champions Cup. Team Bottcher also finished runner-up at the Tour Challenge and are back-to-back Brier silver medallists.

Team De Cruz

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Benoit
Schwarz
Sven
Michel
Peter
de Cruz
Valentin
Tanner

Geneva, SUI | De Cruz, who skips while throwing second stones, won the Meridian Canadian Open in 2018. He has earned three bronze medals at the world championship and one at the Winter Olympics.

Team Dunstone

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Matt
Dunstone
Braeden
Moskowy
Catlin
Schneider
Dustin
Kidby

Regina, SK | Winnipeg-born Dunstone won four tour events with his new Saskatchewan-based squad last season. Moskowy won the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup with Team Carruthers in 2016.

Team Edin

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Niklas
Edin
Oskar
Eriksson
Rasmus
Wrana
Christoffer
Sundgren

Karlstad, SWE | Team Edin captured three Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles during the 2016-17 season including their first ever at the Masters. Edin won his record-tying fourth world championship gold medal last season matching Ernie Richardson for the most all-time among skips.

Team Epping

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John
Epping
Ryan
Fry
Mat
Camm
Brent
Laing

Toronto, ON | Epping linked up with longtime friend Fry this season and so far, so good as they’ve won the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard and Shorty Jenkins Classic. The event’s defending champion, Epping has won three major Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles as a skip.

Team Gushue

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Brad
Gushue
Mark
Nichols
Brett
Gallant
Geoff
Walker

St. John’s, NL | Gushue earned his 11th Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title last season by winning the Princess Auto Elite 10. The 2017 world champions have captured the Masters twice earning their first in 2014 and second in 2017.

Team Howard

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Scott
Howard
Adam
Spencer
David
Mathers
Tim
March

Penetanguishene, ON | Team Howard won the Stu Sells 1824 Halifax Classic and Nissan Curling Classic last season and were semifinalists at the Ontario Tankard. Skip Glenn Howard is away, his son Scott has moved up to skip with Adam Spencer subbing at third.

Team Jacobs

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Brad
Jacobs
Marc
Kennedy
E.J.
Harnden
Ryan
Harnden

Sault Ste. Marie, ON | The 2014 Olympic champions Team Jacobs welcomed a 2010 Winter Games gold medallist with Kennedy joining at third this season. Jacobs captured his fourth Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling men’s title last year at the Tour Challenge on Northern Ontario ice in Thunder Bay.

Team Koe

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Kevin
Koe
Kirk
Muyres
Colton
Flasch
Ben
Hebert

Calgary, AB | Team Koe captured the Pinty’s Cup in 2018-19 for the first time in the skip’s career thanks to a consistently strong season with runner-up finishes at the Masters, Players’ Championship and Humpty’s Champions Cup. Koe has won four Grand Slam titles as a skip with his first coming at the 2012 Masters. Muyres is subbing for B.J. Neufeld, who is away on pat leave.

Team McDonald

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McDonald
Jonathan
Beuk
Wesley
Forget
Scott
Chadwick

Kingston, ON | Team McDonald won the Ontario Tankard for the first time last season to represent the province at the Brier. McDonald also finished runner-up to Team Muyres in the 2018 Tour Challenge Tier 2 men’s division.

Team McEwen

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Mike
McEwen
Reid
Carruthers
Derek
Samagalski
Colin
Hodgson

Winnipeg, MB | The club formerly known as Team Carruthers won three tour events and represented Manitoba at the Brier last season. McEwen skipped his former squad to seven Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles while Carruthers, Samagalski and Hodgson were winners of the inaugural Humpty’s Champions Cup in 2016.

Team Mouat

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Bruce
Mouat
Grant
Hardie
Bobby
Lammie
Hammy
McMillan Jr.

Edinburgh, SCO | Mouat earned his first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title at the 2017 Boost National and at age 23 became the youngest men’s skip to win an event in the series. Team Mouat finished runner-up to compatriots Team Paterson at the Boost National last season.

Team Paterson

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Ross
Paterson
Kyle
Waddell
Duncan
Menzies
Michael
Goodfellow

Glasgow, SCO | Team Paterson won their first career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title last season defeating compatriots Team Mouat for the Boost National. They also finished runner-up earlier in the year at the Ashley HomeStore Curling Classic in Penticton, B.C.

Team Schwaller

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Yannick
Schwaller
Michael
Brunner
Romano
Meier
Marcel
Kaeufeler

Bern, SUI | Team Schwaller captured back-to-back titles to start this season winning the Baden Masters and Oakville Fall Classic. Schwaller’s title victory at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard last year was his first as a skip on tour.

Team Shuster

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John
Shuster
Chris
Plys
Matt
Hamilton
John
Landsteiner

Duluth, USA | Shuster is the reigning Olympic gold medallist and captured his seventh U.S. men’s curling championship, fourth as a skip, last season. He also earned a bronze medal in the 2019 world mixed doubles championship with Cory Christensen.