Brad Gushue rink will take aim at his seventh Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship beginning today at the Bally Haly Curling Club in St. John's.
Eight other rinks will be challenging Gushue, who is also seeking to become the first to skip a team to win four straight provincial titles.
Gushue has won six Tankards in the last seven years. He didn't participate in the 2006 event, the year he won an Olympic gold medal in Torino.
Third Mark Nichols has been part of all of Gushue's Tankard winners, while lead Jamie Korab is a five-time champion.
There are two other former Tankard-winning skips competing at Bally Haly this week - 2006 winner Ken Peddigrew from the Re/Max Centre (St. John's Curling Club) and Keith Ryan from the Carol Curling Club in Labrador City, who won in 2001. Ryan was runner-up to Gushue in the last two Tankard finals. He also threw second stone on Gushue's 2005 provincial championship team.
Rick Rowsell, who skipped the 2000 provincial champions, is third for Alex Smith's rink out of Bally Haly.
Of the nine rinks entered in the Tankard, other than the Lab City entries skipped by Ryan and Jeff Staples, all are from St. John's clubs - Bally Haly or the Re/Max Centre.
There are two draws - 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - each day through Friday, with the final round-robin draw going 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Opening ceremonies are 6:30 p.m. today.
The top finisher in the round-robin advances directly to Sunday's final, with the opposition to be determined by a semifinal game between the second- and third-place rinks.
The teams entered in the Labatt Tankard provincial men's curling championship, beginning today at Bally Haly Curling Club in St. John's:
SKIP THIRD SECOND LEAD CLUB
Ken Peddigrew Dave Noftall Jeff Rose Keith Jewer RE/MAX (St. John's)
Andrew Symonds Ryan Ledrew Mark Healy Peter Hollett RE/MAX
Dean Branton Paul Steeves Gary Perry Mike Murphy Bally Haly
John Wheeler Wilf Parsons Roy Hodder Carl Hynes RE/MAX
Alex Smith Rick Rowsell Randy Turpin Craig Dowden Bally Haly
Jeff Staples Brian Mercer Gary Furlong Laurie Whidden Carol Curling Club
Keith Ryan Barry Edwards Randy Perry Dennis Langdon Carol Curling Club Brad Gushue Mark Nichols Ryan Fry Jamie Korab Bally Haly
Matthew Blandford Trent Skanes Jamie Danbrook Brad Macinnis RE/MAX
2009: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Chris Schille, Jamie Jorab)
2008: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Chris Schille, Dave Noftall)
2007: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Chris Schille, Jamie Korab)
2006: Ken Peddigrew (Ryan LeDrew, Jeff Rose, Keith Jewer)
2005: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Keith Ryan, Jamie Korab)
2004: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mark Ward)
2003: Brad Gushue (Mark Nichols, Jamie Korab, Mark Ward)
2002: Mark Noseworthy (Bill Jenkins, Randy Turpin, Ian Kerr)
2001: Keith Ryan (Garry Pinsent, Mike Ryan, Dennis Langdon)
2000: Rick Rowsell (Peter Hollett, Ken Ellis Jr., Craig Dowdon)
1999: Glenn Goss (Glenn Turpin, Ken Peddigrew, Brett Reynolds)
1998: Toby McDonald (Wayne Hamilton, Lloyd Powell, Paul Withers)
1997: Jeff Thomas (Lorne Henderson, Ken Ellis Jr., Ian Kerr)
1996: Frank O'Driscoll (Rick Rowsell, Peter Hollett, Craig Dowden)
1995: Bill Jenkins (Joe Power, Paul Harvey, Ken Peddigrew)
1994: Mark Noseworthy (Frank O'Driscoll, Rob Thomas, Eugene Trickett)
1993: Gary Oke (Don Ryan, Rob Thomas, Gary Rowe)
1992: Glenn Goss (Geoff Cunningham, John Allan, Neil Young)
1991: John Boland (Phil Kieley, Bob Skanes, Dave Mayne)
1990: Glenn Goss (Geoff Cunningham, John Allan, Neil young)
1989: Lorne Henderson (Alex Smith, Peter Hollett, Marc Brophy)
1988: Gary Oke (Ken Thomas, Marc Brophy, Gerry Collins)
1987: Mark Noseworthy (Randy Perry, Eugene Trickett, Rob Thomas)
1986: Fred Durant (Chris Hamelmann, Blake Fizzard, Dave Warren)
1985: Jeff Thomas (Geoff Cunningham, John Allan, Neil Young)
1984: Jeff Thomas (Geoff Cunningham, John Allan, Neil Young)
1983: Gary Oke (Don Ryan, Darrell Martin, Kevin Mitchell)
1982: Mark Noseworthy (Randy Perry, Eugene Trickett, John Wheeler)
1981: Toby McDonald (Jim Miller, John Allan, Neil Young)
1980: Wayne Hamilton (Lewis Andrews, Paul Hamilton, Colin Janes)
1979: Jeff Thomas (Toby McDonald, Peter Hollett, Ken Thomas)
1978: Bob Rowe (Tom Melnyk, Tony Pilling, Charles Fennimore)
1977: Wayne Hamilton (Joe Power, Jr., Ken Thomas, Paul Hamilton)
1976: Jack McDuff (Toby McDonald, Doug Hudson, Ken Templeton) *Canadian Champions*
1975: Bob Cole (Joe Power, Lewis Andrews, Andy Baird)
1974: Fred Wright (Damien Ryan, Doug Hudson, Keith Wight)
1973: Jim Ward (Mike Brennan, Dick Narduzzi, Jim Noble)
1972: Fred Durant (Jack McDuff, Bob Rowe, Carl Strong)
1971: Bob Cole (Les Bowering, Ken Ellis, Alex Andrews)
1970: Les Bowering (Frank Stent, Dan Herder, Roger Mabey)
1969: Bill Piercey (Keith Laws, Ken Ellis, Alex Andrews)
1968: Bill Piercey (Frank Stent, Tom Warren, Bill Roy)
1967: Leonard Kalichak (Doug Ellis, John Strugnel, Duane Olsen)
1966: George MacCharles (John 'Jack' Taite, Ken Ellis, Alex Andrews)
1965: George MacCharles (John 'Jack' Taite, Ken Ellis, Alex Andrews)
1964: Dave Pedley (George Giannou, John 'Jack' Taite, Bill O'Reilly)
1963: John Pike (Roy Baker, Denny Goodyear, Ron Hovey)
1962: George Giannou (Fred Colbourne, George MacCharles, John 'Jack' Taite)
1961: Alexander Fisher (Frank Stent, Sam Wiseman, Tom Moulton)
1960: John-David Lyon (Harry Stanley, Reg Goldburg, Jim Tulley)
1959: Alex Fisher (Bill Howell, John Gullage, Bill Piercey)
1958: Alex Fisher (Bill Howell, John Gullage, Bill Piercey)
1957: Alex Fisher (Bill Howell, John Gullage, Bill Piercey)
1956: Bob Goudey (Wes Hermanson, Norm Pounder, George Giannou)
1955: Norm Rockwell (Len Oliver, Norm Pounder, Carm Rockwell)
1954: Bob Kent (Jack Norris, Gordon Stirling, Gerry Hanley)
1953: Norm Rockwell (Lewis Ayre, Johnny Stoneman, Bill Howell)
1952: Tommy Tomelin (Norm Hood, Alexander Fisher, Austin Boyd)
1951: Tom Hallett (Claude Hall, Fred Wylie, Ed Hiscock)