Abbotsford hosts best men’s curlers in BC next week

BC’s best men’s curling teams will descend on Abbotsford next week with the 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Fountain Tire, set to take place at Abbotsford Curling Club Feb. 8-12.

This tournament will showcase the top 12 men’s teams from across the province — including this past weekend’s national junior championship team from Surrey/Langley Team Tardi — and will decide the BC team that will go on to compete at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier.

“This tournament brings together BC’s best men’s curling teams and will provide some of the most exciting curling this province has seen this year,” Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said. “Curl BC is confident Abbotsford will put on a top-notch tournament for curling fans from across the province.”

Teams from Burnaby/New Westminster, the Kootenays, Victoria and Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Vernon, Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey will compete in this provincial championship tournament. Among the teams is six-time BC champion Jim Cotter, from Vernon, who is curling with Alberta’s John Morris as well as Kelowna’s Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky.

Hometown curlers Dean Joanisse and Sean Geall will skip two teams in Abbotsford, although representing rinks from outside the Fraser Valley. Visit http://belairdirectmens2017.curlbc.ca/teams/ for a complete team roster.

“The Abbotsford Curling Club is excited to be hosting this prestigious event and to have such talented curlers on our ice,” club manager Kent Bird said. “We’re encouraging the community to come out and support this event that showcases our popular club and sport.”

Tickets for the 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championships are available through the Abbotsford Curling Club’s website at: http://abbotsfordcurling.com/curling/events-bonspiels/.

For live scores and the draw schedule, visit http://playdowns.curlbc.ca.

Four playoff games will be televised on Shaw TV on February 11 and 12. For the television coverage or for more information about the Curl BC championship, visit: http://belairdirectmens2017.curlbc.ca/.

The 2017 Tim Hortons Brier will take place from March 4-12, 2017, in St John’s, Newfoundland.