OTTAWA (660 NEWS) — The schedule and format are out for the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.
The schedule is set for the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts! Here's where you can find all the details to follow along with your favourite teams ➡️ https://t.co/42d8W1CsFH#STOH2021 #HubCity2021 pic.twitter.com/GAYgC7c4PL
— Curling Canada (@CurlingCanada) February 2, 2021
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.
— Team Walker (@TeamLWalker) January 18, 2021
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.
I’m so excited for the opportunity to join this great team! https://t.co/4R07ZxI5WQ
— Chelsea Carey (@chelscarey) February 1, 2021
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.