January 15th, 2021

Curling Canada adds three wild-card teams to field for the Scotties and Brier

By The Canadian Press on January 13, 2021.

Curling Canada is expanding the field for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier.

The usual 16-team field will have two extra wild-card teams when play begins next month in the so-called bubble at Calgary’s Markin MacPhail Centre.

The play-in game was cancelled so there will be three wild-card teams in all, along with the defending champions and 14 provincial representatives for each competition.

The federation says that several high-performance teams were denied the opportunity to qualify this season since several associations cancelled their playdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The final rankings from last season will be used to determine the two teams that would have played in the wild-card game. Instead they will get automatic entry in the main draw.

A third wild-card entry – bringing the field to 18 – will be granted entry on criteria “to be determined,” which would allow for a balanced draw featuring two pools of nine teams.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2021.

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