Tournament of Hearts field almost set
For the first time since 1998, Colleen Jones will not compete at the Canadian women's curling championship.
Jones, a six-time winner of the Tournament of Hearts as a skip, lost 4-2 to Jill Mouzar in the final of the Nova Scotia provincial women's curling championship Sunday.
As a result, Mouzar, the 2004 Canadian junior champion, will represent Nova Scotia at the Tournament of Hearts instead of Jones, who has appeared in a record 20 tournaments.
Most of the other provincial champions that will be competing at the Tournament of Hearts were determined on the weekend.
The field includes Olympic bronze medallist Kelley Law (B.C.), Suzanne Gaudet (P.E.I.), Krista Scharf (Ontario), Jennifer Jones (Manitoba), Sandy Comeau (New Brunswick), Cheryl Bernard (Alberta), Chantal Osborne (Quebec), Kerry Koe (Northwest Territories/Yukon), and Heather Strong (Newfoundland).
Defending champion Kelly Scott automatically earned a trip back to the Tournament of Hearts as Team Canada.
The Saskatchewan provincial championship begins Wednesday.
The 2007 of Tournament of Hearts kicks off on Feb. 17 in Lethbridge, Alta. The final is scheduled for Feb. 25 (CBC, 1:30 p.m. ET).