If you’re a curling fan, you’ll want to “hurry … hard” to the Enmax Centre to watch the world’s top curlers in action.
Lethbridge will play host to 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship March 30-April 7.
Canada will be represented by Alberta’s Kevin Koe foursome, winners of the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier which wrapped up March 10 in Brandon, Man. Koe, a four-time Canadian men’s champion, curls out of Calgary’s Glencoe Club.
This will mark Lethbridge’s third opportunity in seven years to have world champions crowned in the southern Alberta city. In 2012, it was the World Women’s Championship which took place at the Enmax Centre, and 11 months ago, the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships were played at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge.
“We know Lethbridge has a proven track record of success when it comes to hosting world-class curling championships, on and off the ice, and I’m positive 2019 will be no exception,” Resby Coutts, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors, said last year when Lethbridge was awarded the World Men’s Championship. “I had the privilege of attending the 2017 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors championships, and saw first-hand how passionate the City of Lethbridge is about the sport of curling.”
This will be a return trip to Alberta for the World Men’s Championship, after the 2017 edition was played at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, won by Canada’s Brad Gushue. It will be the fourth time the World Men’s Championship has been played in Alberta. In addition to 2017, Edmonton also hosted in 2007 (won by Canada’s Glenn Howard) while Calgary played host in 1964 (won by Canada’s Lyall Dagg).
Koe’s Team Canada rink will begin play in the opening draw March 30 at 2 p.m. against Korea, then plays Russia at 7 p.m. The March 31 schedule sees Canada take on Italy at 7 p.m. and China at 7 p.m.
Canada meets Norway April 1 at 2 p.m. and Germany April 2 at 2 p.m. On April 3, the Canadian rink takes on Japan at 2 p.m. before going against Sweden at 7 p.m.
The U.S. is Canada’s opponent in the 9 a.m. draw April 4, and Canada plays Scotland in the 7 p.m. draw. On April 5, Canada meets Switzerland at 9 a.m. before winding up round-robin play against the Netherlands at 7 p.m.
Qualification games, pitting the third-place finisher against sixth place and fourth place against fifth place are scheduled for 9 a.m. April 6, followed by the semifinals at 2 and 7 p.m. The bronze-medal game goes Sunday, April 7 at noon with the gold-medal game to follow at 5 p.m.
There will be plenty of fun for curling fans besides the action on the ice. The Patch, the event’s famed party place, will present a nightly lineup of live entertainment along with a tasty selection of food and beverages. The entertainment lineup includes:
• Saturday, March 30 evening – Trevor Panczak
• Sunday, March 31 evening – House Music
• Monday, April 1 evening – House Music
• Tuesday, April 2 evening – House Music
• Wednesday, April 3 evening – Uncovered
• Thursday, April 4 evening – The Dungarees
• Friday, April 5 evening – Chevelles
• Saturday, April 6 evening – Chevelles
The participating teams will also be available for autograph and photo sessions in The Patch throughout the week. The schedule is as follows*:
Saturday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. U.S.A
Sunday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. Germany; 5:30 p.m. Italy
Monday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. Russia; 5:30 p.m. Scotland
Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. Korea; 5:30 p.m. Canada
Wednesday, April 3, 12:30 p.m. Japan; 5:30 p.m. Norway
Thursday, April 4, 12:30 p.m. Netherlands; 5:30 p.m. Switzerland
Friday, April 5, 12:30 p.m. China; 5:30 p.m. Sweden
*Schedule subject to change
For more information or ticket details, go online to http://www.curling.ca/2019worldmen.