Brad Gushue and his St. John’s rink will once again be part of Team North America in the Continental Cup of curling.
North America is six-time defending champions of the event, which features mixed doubles, team and skins competitions and which will be held Jan. 17-20 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
In fact, it was Gushue who clinched the North American victory in the 2018 Continental Cup last January in London, Ont., as he beat Team World's Thomas Ulsrud on a draw to the button for the victory. It was the tiebreaker after both teams finished with 30 points apiece.
In addition to the Gushue rink, which also includes Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker, the 2019 North American squad features teams skipped by Colleen Jones, from Shanty Bay, Ont., Calgary's Kevin Koe, Rachel Homan of St. Paul, Alta., and American skips John Shuster and Jamie Sinclair. Jeff Stoughton will handle head coaching duties, with fellow Winnipegger Jill Officer as his assistant. American Pete Fenson will serve as captain.
Sweden's Anna Hasselborg and Niklas Edin headline the Team World roster. They'll be joined by Bruce Mouat and Eve Muirhead of Scotland and Silvana Tirinzoni and Peter de Cruz of Switzerland.
The winning side will earn $84,500 of the $130,000 total purse.
With files from The Canadian Press