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Schedule, format ready for 2021 Scotties in Calgary

Last Updated Feb 2, 2021 at 1:12 pm MDT

Team Alberta skip, Laura Walker makes a shot during Draw 3 against Team Quebec at the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

OTTAWA (660 NEWS) — The schedule and format are out for the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.

According to Curling Canada, teams will be separated into two pools of nine, seeded based on their final standing in the 2019-20 Canadian Team Ranking System.

Each squad will play a full round-robin within their respective pools. The top four teams advance to the Championship Pool and play four more games against the teams from the other pool.

From there, the top three will make the playoffs. After the Championship Pool, the first-place team will go straight to the gold-medal game, while the second-and third-place rinks will face off in the semifinal.

Alberta’s Laura Walker is part of Pool A.

READ MORE: Curling Alberta names rinks for upcoming nationals in Calgary bubble

Calgary’s Chelsea Carey is set to skip Tracy Fleury’s team from Manitoba (Wild Card #1 in Pool B) because Fleury will not be playing.

Eighteen rinks make up the 2021 field to make room for teams that didn’t get an opportunity to compete in provincial/territorial championship due to the pandemic.

You can see the full schedule on the Curling Canada website.

The national championship runs Friday, Feb. 19 – Sunday, Feb. 28 at Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.