Players’ Championship History

The Players’ Championship is the fourth and final major of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season. It’s the crown jewel of the series featuring the top-ranked teams of the year — almost like the playoffs to the season — and is arguably the hardest title to win on tour.

The prestigious event predates the inception of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling itself. Known originally as the Seagram’s V.O. Cup for branding purposes, the powerhouse foursome of Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh and Peter Corner claimed the inaugural title with a decisive 8-2 victory over Paul Savage’s team in the final at the Calgary Curling Club on Feb. 21, 1993. It was a dream season for Team Howard as they also won Brier and world championships that year.

Kevin Martin captured the first of his record 18 Grand Slam men’s titles in the 1994 Seagram’s V.O. Cup at the Calgary Curling Club with a come-from-behind victory over Ed Werenich.

Middaugh claimed the Players’ Championship in 2002, the first under the Grand Slam of Curling banner, and it was his third title in four years. A loss to Martin in the 2000 final prevented the four-peat.

A women’s division was added in 2006 with Jennifer Jones winning the first of a record six Players’ Championship women’s titles.

There were upsets in both divisions during the 2012 event as Team Epping, the men’s No. 8 seed, and Team Lawton, the women’s No. 8 seed, overcame the odds to capture their first Grand Slams as skips.

The 2013 women’s final at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto came down to a world championship rematch between Scotland’s Team Muirhead and Sweden’s Team Sigfridsson. It was the first all-European final in series history and the world champs prevailed again as Muirhead’s crew became the first non-Canadian team to win a Grand Slam of Curling event. Eve Muirhead also became the youngest skip to win a Grand Slam title at age 22.

It was an emotional 2014 Players’ Championship in Summerside, P.E.I., with Martin announcing he would retire at the conclusion of the event. Martin reached the final against Team Jacobs in a matchup between the 2010 Olympic gold medallist (Martin) and the recently crowned 2014 Olympic champions (Jacobs). Martin capped his career on a high note winning 4-3 to earn his record 18th Grand Slam men’s title and eighth Players’ Championship.

Jacobs was back in the title picture the following year in Toronto still looking to earn his first career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship. Team Jacobs faced off against Team McEwen, who had already won two Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events during a sensational tour season. Jacobs stole the winning point in the final end to claim the Players’ Championship men’s title.

Team Muirhead continued their winning ways at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre capturing the women’s title again in 2015 and 2016. Team Gushue topped defending champions Team Jacobs in 2016. Brad Gushue became just the fifth men’s skip to complete a career Grand Slam.

Team Sinclair became the first United States-based club to win a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling trophy when they captured the 2018 Players’ Championship women’s title upsetting then world champions Team Jones in the final.

Champions

SeasonMen’s ChampionsWomen’s Champions
1992-93Team Howard
Skip: Russ Howard
Third: Glenn Howard
Second: Wayne Middaugh
Lead: Peter Corner
1993-94Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Kevin Park
Second: James Pahl
Lead: Don Bartlett
1994-95Team McEachern
Skip: Murray McEachern
Third: Rick Schneider
Second: Daryl Nixon
Lead: Larry Schneider
1995-96Team Middaugh
Skip: Wayne Middaugh
Third: Graeme McCarrel
Second: Ian Tetley
Lead: Scott Bailey
1996-97Team Howard
Skip: Russ Howard
Third: Glenn Howard
Second: Scott Patterson
Lead: Phil Loevenmark
1997-98Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Don Walchuk
Second: Rudy Ramcharan
Lead: Marcel Rocque
1998-99Team Middaugh
Skip: Wayne Middaugh
Third: Graeme McCarrel
Second: Ian Tetley
Lead: Scott Bailey
1999-00Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Don Walchuk
Second: Carter Rycroft
Lead: Don Bartlett
2000-01Team Middaugh
Skip: Wayne Middaugh
Third: Graeme McCarrel
Second: Ian Tetley
Lead: Scott Bailey
2001-02Team Middaugh
Skip: Wayne Middaugh
Third: Graeme McCarrel
Second: Ian Tetley
Lead: Scott Bailey
2002-03Team Stoughton
Skip: Jeff Stoughton
Third: Jon Mead
Second: Gary VanDenBerghe
Lead: Jim Spencer
2003-04
Team Morris
Skip: John Morris
Third: Kevin Koe
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Paul Moffatt
2004-05Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Don Walchuk
Second: Carter Rycroft
Lead: Don Bartlett
2005-06Team Ferbey
Skip: Randy Ferbey
Fourth: David Nedohin
Second: Scott Pfeifer
Lead: Marcel Rocque
Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Cathy Overton-Clapham
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Georgina Wheatcroft
2006-07
Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert

Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Cathy Overton-Clapham
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Dawn Askin
2007-08
Team Howard
Skip: Glenn Howard
Third: Richard Hart
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Craig Savill

Team Holland
Skip: Amber Holland
Third: Kim Schneider
Second: Tammy Schneider
Lead: Heather Seeley
2008-09
Team Ferbey
Skip: Randy Ferbey
Fourth: David Nedohin
Second: Scott Pfeifer
Lead: Marcel Rocque

Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Cathy Overton-Clapham
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Dawn Askin
2009-10
Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert

Team Bernard
Skip: Cheryl Bernard
Third: Susan O’Connor
Second: Carolyn Darbyshire
Lead: Cori Bartel
2010-11
Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: John Morris
Second: Marc Kennedy
Lead: Ben Hebert

Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Kaitlyn Lawes
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Dawn Askin
2011-12
Team Epping
Skip: John Epping
Third: Scott Bailey
Second: Scott Howard
Lead: David Mathers

Team Lawton
Skip: Stefanie Lawton
Third: Sherry Anderson
Second: Sherri Singler
Lead: Marliese Kasner
2012-13
Team Howard
Skip: Glenn Howard
Third: Wayne Middaugh
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Craig Savill

Team Muirhead
Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Anna Sloan
Second: Vicki Adams
Lead: Claire Hamilton
2013-14
Team Martin
Skip: Kevin Martin
Third: Marc Kennedy
Second: David Nedohin
Lead: Ben Hebert

Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Kaitlyn Lawes
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Dawn McEwen
2014-15
Team Jacobs
Skip: Brad Jacobs
Third: Ryan Fry
Second: E.J. Harnden
Lead: Ryan Harnden

Team Muirhead
Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Anna Sloan
Second: Vicki Adams
Lead: Sarah Reid
2015-16
Team Gushue
Skip: Brad Gushue
Third: Mark Nichols
Second: Brett Gallant
Lead: Geoff Walker

Team Muirhead
Skip: Eve Muirhead
Third: Vicki Adams
Second: Cathy Overton-Clapham
Lead: Sarah Reid
2016-17
Team Edin
Skip: Niklas Edin
Third: Oskar Eriksson
Second: Rasmus Wrana
Lead: Christoffer Sundgren

Team Jones
Skip: Jennifer Jones
Third: Kaitlyn Lawes
Second: Jill Officer
Lead: Dawn McEwen
2017-18
Team Koe
Skip: Kevin Koe
Third: Marc Kennedy
Second: Brent Laing
Lead: Ben Hebert

Team Sinclair
Skip: Jamie Sinclair
Third: Alexandra Carlson
Second: Vicky Persinger
Lead: Monica Walker
2018-19
Team Bottcher
Skip: Brendan Bottcher
Third: Darren Moulding
Second: Bradley Thiessen
Lead: Karrick Martin

Team Einarson
Skip: Kerri Einarson
Third: Val Sweeting
Second: Shannon Birchard
Lead: Briane Meilleur
2021
Team Mouat
Skip: Bruce Mouat
Third: Grant Hardie
Second: Bobby Lammie
Lead: Hammy McMillan Jr.

Team Einarson
Skip: Kerri Einarson
Third: Val Sweeting
Second: Shannon Birchard
Lead: Briane Meilleur