Grand Slam of Curling 2016-17 schedule released

Live action at the 2015 Players' Championship in Toronto. (Anil Mungal)

Toronto will host the Players’ Championship next season for the third consecutive year.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling announced the dates and locations for its 2016-17 schedule Sunday highlighted with the crown jewel event of the series returning to T.O.

The new season kicks off in Okotoks, Alta., with the Masters, running Oct. 25-30 at the Pason Centennial Arena.

Cranbrook, B.C., will be the stop for the Tour Challenge, featuring two tiers of action with 60 teams in total. This season saw the debut of the Tour Challenge with Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C., and Winnipeg’s Kerri Einarson winning the Tier 2 titles to help bump their teams into the top ranks on tour.

The series then lands back in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for the National. Sault Ste. Marie hosted the National in November 2014 when it was a men's invitational, but things have changed greatly for the event since then as it has now doubled in size featuring both men's and women's fields.

Saskatchewan has held the past two Canadian Open tournaments in Yorkton and the event stays put in the province travelling to North Battleford to open the new year.

Port Hawkesbury, N.S., has been a regular stop on tour in previous years and the series returns for the Elite 10.

UPDATE: Calgary will host the 2017 Humpty's Champions Cup.

Visit thegrandslamofcurling.com for updates.

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2016-17 PINTY'S GRAND SLAM OF CURLING SCHEDULE

Event Date Location
Masters Oct. 25-30, 2016 Okotoks, AB
Tour Challenge Nov. 8-13, 2016 Cranbrook, BC
National Dec. 6-11, 2016 Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Canadian Open Jan. 3-8, 2017 North Battleford, SK
Elite 10 March 16-19, 2017 Port Hawkesbury, NS
Players' Championship April 11-16, 2017 Toronto, ON
Humpty's Champions Cup April 25-30, 2017 Calgary, AB