Canada’s national women’s curling championship, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, begins Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown, Price Edward Island. TSN and TSN2 will air every draw from the Scotties, resulting in over 60 hour of coverage. The field is headlined by three-time defending champion Jennifer Jones (Team Canada), 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Shannon Kleibrink (Alberta), Kelly Scott (British Columbia) and Amber Holland (Saskatchewan). Also look out for 21 year old Rachel Homan of Ontario, who is already is a Canadian Junior Champion (2007 in Whitehorse), a Canadian Junior Champion and a World Junior silver medalist. While her team isn’t very well known, all eyes will also be on Cathy Overton-Clapham, the former teammate of Jennifer Jones, who is representing Manitoba.
TSN’s main curling broadcast team of Vic Rauter, Linda Moore and Russ Howard will call all afternoon and evening draws, as well as every playoff draw. Bryan Mudryk will be reunited with his 2010 Olympic broadcast partner Kathy Gauthier to call the morning draws. Gauthier previously worked for TSN as a rinkside reporter on some curling broadcasts.
TSN looks to build on last year’s record of 1.2 million viewers for a Scotties Championship Game. That number was really impressive considering the 2010 final went head to head with the Super Bowl pregame show on CTV.