- Winnipeg's Team Stoughton defeats Team McEwen 8-2 in an all-Manitoba final, takes home $23,000 of event's $100,000 purse -
- Team Koe maintains overall lead of teams eligible to split additional $100,000 bonus awarded to top three men's teams from the 2012-13 Grand Slam of Curling season -
- Fourth and final event of the 2012-13 Grand Slam of Curling season, Players' Championship, to take place April 16-21 in Toronto -
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PORT HAWKESBURY, NS, Jan. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - In the end, the battle of Manitoba saw Team Stoughton come out on top. After five days of stiff competition that featured 18 of the world's best curling teams, Winnipeg, MB's Team Stoughton was crowned champion of the Grand Slam of Curling's third event of the 2012-13 season, The National. Team Stoughton was awarded their trophy and prize money this afternoon at the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
Team Stoughton beat out fellow Winnipeg native Team McEwen in an exciting 8-2 final, finishing the event with an overall record of 6-2.
"Our guys pulled it out today. After losing the first two games of the tournament we were able to run the table to win it all," said skip Jeff Stoughton. "It's fantastic, to be out here and beat the best in the world. It's a good feeling."
With one event remaining - The Players' Championship in Toronto, April 16-21 - Team Stoughton and Team McEwen are now among the leaders of teams eligible to split an additional $100,000 purse as one of the top three men's teams competing in the 2012-13 Grand Slam of Curling season. The Rogers Masters winner Team Koe remains the overall points leader.
Owned and operated by Sportsnet, the Grand Slam of Curling is an elite series of men's and women's curling events which are part of the World Curling Tour and feature the best teams from across Canada and around the world. The 2012-13 series is comprised of four events, The Rogers Masters in Brantford, ON (November 14-18, 2012), The Canadian Open in Kelowna, B.C. (December 12-16, 2012), The National in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. (January 23-27, 2013), and The Players' Championship in Toronto (April 16-21, 2013).
All of Sportsnet's curling talent are available for interviews to discuss The National.
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Image with caption: "Team Jeff Stoughton hoists the trophy after winning The National, the third event of the Grand Slam of Curling, in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. Pictured left to right are: Jeff Stoughton, John Mead, Reid Carruthers, Mark Nichols. (CNW Group/Sportsnet)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130127_C8984_PHOTO_EN_23065.jpg