Two rinks with local flavour are among the 18 teams confirmed for the Grand Slam of Curling’s Canadian Open next month in Kelowna.
Jim Cotter’s Vernon/Kelowna foursome and New Westminster’s Brent Pierce will be at Prospera Place Dec. 12 to 16 for the $100,000 event, the second leg of the Grand Slam circuit.
Cotter and third Jason Gunnlaugson are from Vernon, while second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky are from Kelowna.
Kelowna’s Jeff Richard plays third for the Pierce rink.
Also included in the field are former Olympic champions Kevin Martin and Brad Gushue, and ex-Canadian champs Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard and Kevin Koe.
Rounding out the lineup of teams is Mike McEwen, Jean-Michel Menard, Jake Higgs, Rob Rumfeldt, Rob Fowler, Mike Kean, Greg Baldson, John Epping and William Lyburn.
Tickets for the 2012 Canadian Open of Curling are on sale now at Select Your Tickets box office located at Prospera Place.