2012 Tournament of Hearts: Starts Saturday on TSN

The 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts begins Saturday afternoon in Red Deer, Alberta. This is the 31st edition of the Tournament of Hearts and the 47th Canadian Women’s Curling Championship. Here is TSN’s press release with information on their broadcast coverage. Then continue after the break for the broadcast schedule.

The best female curlers in the nation are on the road to Red Deer, AB for the 2012 SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS airing Feb. 18-26 on TSN. The network’s more than 60 hours of exclusive live coverage begins with Draw 1 match-ups on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. ET and culminates with the championship on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET (see below for complete schedule).

All draws from the 2012 SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS can be seen live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at TSN.ca following the live television broadcast. TSN.ca will also have live streaming of all weekday morning and afternoon draws beginning Monday, Feb. 20. In addition, French-language coverage is available throughout the tournament on RDS2.

Defending champion Amber Holland and her Saskatchewan rink will represent Team Canada against 11 teams that won their respective provincial playdowns. Once again, this year’s field includes fan favourite and four-time SCOTTIES champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba, who lost to Holland in last year’s final in extra ends. Also returning to compete are last year’s bronze medallists from Nova Scotia led by skip Heather Smith-Dacey.

TSN’s esteemed curling broadcast team is on hand for afternoon and evening draws with Vic Rauter calling the action alongside Olympic gold medallist Linda Moore and two-time Brier champion and Olympic gold medallist, Russ Howard. Bryan Mudryk will call the action alongside three-time SCOTTIES winner Cathy Gauthier for the morning draws.

In addition to curling, TSN will have special coverage of the Sandra Schmirler Telethon, held live at the 2012 SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS on Sunday, Feb. 19. The annual telethon benefits hospitals across Canada for the care of premature and critically ill babies. Fans can make a donation by visiting SandraSchmirler.org or by calling 1-866-210-6011.

Here is TSN’s broadcast schedule. The feature match is a projection I’ve made based on who is playing who each draw. It could change. All times ET and all draws are on TSN and RDS2.

Saturday 2/18, 3:00pm – Draw #1 (Canada vs. Newfoundland)
Saturday 2/18, 8:00pm – Draw #2 (Manitoba vs. New Brunswick)
Sunday 2/19, 10:30am – Draw #3 (Saskatchewan vs. Newfoundland)
Sunday 2/19, 3:30pm – Draw #4 (Alberta vs. Manitoba)
Sunday 2/19, 6:30pm – Draw #5 (Alberta vs. Canada)
Monday 2/20, 10:30am – Draw #6 (Canada vs. British Columbia)
Monday 2/20, 3:30pm – Draw #7 (Nova Scotia vs. Quebec)
Monday 2/20, 9:30pm – Draw #8 (Manitoba vs. Canada)
Tuesday 2/21, 10:30am – Draw #9 (Manitona vs. Nova Scotia)
Tuesday 2/21, 3:30pm – Draw #10 (Alberta vs. British Columbia)
Tuesday 2/21, 9:30pm – Draw #11 (Canada vs. Quebec)
Wednesday 2/22, 10:30am – Draw #12 (Manitoba vs. British Columbia)
Wednesday 2/22, 3:30pm – Draw #13 (Alberta vs. Quebec)
Wednesday 2/22, 9:30pm – Draw #14 (Manitoba vs. Northwest Territories)
Thursday 2/23, 10:30am – Draw #15 (Alberta vs. Newfoundland)
Thursday 2/23, 3:30pm – Draw #16 (Manitoba vs. Quebec)
Thursday 2/23, 9:30pm – Draw #17 (Ontario vs. Manitoba)*
Friday 2/24, 3:00pm – Tiebreaker (if necessary)
Friday 2/24, 9:30pm – Page Playoff 1 vs. 2
Saturday 2/25, 1:00pm – Page Playoff 3 vs. 4
Saturday 2/25, 6:00pm – Semi Final
Sunday 2/26, 10:30am – 3rd Place Game
Sunday 2/26, 3:30pm – Championship Game

*Honestly draw 17 could be any of the four matches. The schedule was set-up for the top 2 teams from Saskatchewan (Lawton and Holland) to play in the feature game, but Lawton didn’t qualify and with the way Holland is playing, her team may not be in the playoff race.

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