Howard, Middaugh, Martin and Gushue to Compete at Casino Rama Curling Skins Game



    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Among them they have 2 Olympic medals, 5 World
titles, 7 Brier championships and 11 TSN Curling Skins Games victories. They
are some of the biggest names in men's curling history. And they'll go
head-to-head in December, as TSN today announced the lineup for the Casino
Rama Curling Skins Game featuring the popular rinks of Glenn Howard, Wayne
Middaugh, Kevin Martin and Brad Gushue.
    The popular made-for-TV original TSN production will air live on TSN
December 8 and 9 in three, 3-hour telecasts.
    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game is an annual all-Canadian event
featuring 4 invited Canadian men's rinks competing for a total cash purse of
$100,000 (Cdn) plus additional prizing. Casino Rama will build a curling rink
exclusively for the event in its 5,000-seat world-class Entertainment Centre.
    This marks the first time a Canadian casino has staged a curling event
and represents the first year of a three-year partnership between TSN and
Casino Rama.
    This year's star-studded field of competing rinks features:

    Glenn Howard (Ontario) - 2007 has been a good year for Glenn Howard. The
34-year veteran curler claimed his third Canadian championship in February and
went on to the World Curling Championships in Edmonton where he lost just one
game en-route to his third World title (World and Canadian champion: 2007,
1993 and 1987). Howard is no stranger to Skins curling, having won $77,200 in
the 2001 TSN Skins Game.

    Wayne Middaugh (Ontario) - Wayne Middaugh is the most successful curler
in TSN Curling Skins history having been a member of 7 championship rinks.
Middaugh has also won 2 World championships and 2 Canadian titles (1998 and
1993) throughout his 28-year career.

    Kevin Martin (Alberta) - The defending TSN Skins champion, Kevin Martin's
successful career includes silver medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and
1991 World Championships, 2 Canadian titles in 1997 and 1991, and 3 TSN Skins
championships (2004, 1998, 1997).

    Brad Gushue (Newfoundland) - Gushue will forever be remembered for
winning a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, marking
Canada's first men's gold in the sport since curling's addition to the Games
in 1998. Gushue is considered the rookie in this experienced field, as the
Casino Rama Curling Skins Game is his first appearance ever in a Curling Skins
game.

    Ticket sales, along with further details of the event format and
broadcast schedule will be announced in September. In the meantime, fans can
go to www.TSN.ca/curling for updated information on the event.
    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game marks the return of TSN's popular
Curling Skins event, which TSN produced and televised from 1986 to 2004 as
part of the network's all-encompassing curling coverage. TSN has been
televising curling since the network's inception in 1984.

    The following is a list of past winners of the TSN Curling Skins Game
(year, winnings and host site):
    
    -  2004 - Kevin Martin ($100,500), Bathurst, NB
    -  2003 - Wayne Middaugh ($88,000), Gimli, NB
    -  2002 - Randy Ferbey ($79,500), Grand Prairie, AB
    -  2001 - Glenn Howard ($77,200), Barrie, ON
    -  2000 - Greg McAulay ($66,100), Fredericton, NB
    -  1999 - Wayne Middaugh ($58,900), Whitehorse, YK
    -  1998 - Kevin Martin ($50,450), St. John's, NL
    -  1997 - Kevin Martin ($46,900), Cranbrook, BC
    -  1996 - Wayne Middaugh ($64,800), Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    -  1995 - Wayne Middaugh ($45,750), Halifax, NS
    -  1994 - Ed Werenich ($45,750), Saskatoon, SK
    -  1993 - Russ Howard ($37,000), Ottawa, ON
    -  1992 - Russ Howard ($37,300), Quebec City, QC
    -  1991 - Russ Howard ($42,250), Calgary, AB
    -  1990 - Ed Werenich ($38,750), Charlottetown, PEI
    -  1989 - Mark Dacey ($28,000), Winnipeg, MB
    -  1988 - Ed Werenich ($22,900) Brandon, MB
    -  1987 - Ed Lukowich ($19,250), Thunder Bay, ON
    -  1986 - Ed Werenich ($16,000), Newmarket, ON
    

    About Casino Rama
    -----------------
    Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino
Rama is Ontario's only First Nation's commercial casino. The Casino offers a
complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110
gaming tables, nine unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment
Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health
club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

    About TSN Events
    ----------------
    Established in 2003, TSN Events was created to develop a wide-variety of
original branded programming and event platforms to supplement TSN's
traditional live sports and news coverage. TSN Events acquires sports
marketing rights, develops original programming and grassroots initiatives,
and leverages the strength and capabilities of the TSN brand to meet customer
objectives and exceed fan expectations. TSN Events' assets include NASCAR
Canada, Degree Poker Championship and Casino Rama Curling Skins Game.

    About TSN
    ---------
    TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the
Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program,
SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans
from across the country.(*) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also features
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple
Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior
Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night
Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all
four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the Daytona
500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the Indy
500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis and all
four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer; HBO World
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TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High
Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcing TSN's position as
Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is available in 8.6 million
households. TSN's programming and news content is also available online at
TSN.ca.

    (*) 2005/2006 Roper Canada - Winter




For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN, (w) (416) 332-7575,
agoldstein@tsn.ca; Jenna Hunter, Casino Rama, (w) (705) 329-5179,
hunterj@casinorama.com


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