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A quick look at the teams in the 2015 Canadian men's curling championship

02/25/2015 01:11 EST | Updated 04/27/2015 05:59 EDT
CALGARY - A quick look at the field of the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary:

Team Canada — Defending champions recruited a big name to replace skip Kevin Koe, but John Morris and company are light on games played together compared to other teams.

B.C. — Skip Jim Cotter has big-game experience throwing fourth stones for Morris in the 2014 Brier final and the 2013 Olympic trials final.

Alberta — Kevin Koe's new team is a who's who of Canadian men's curling. Third Marc Kennedy and lead Ben Hebert won 2010 Olympic gold with Kevin Martin. Second Brent Laing is a two-time world champion with Glenn Howard.

Saskatchewan — former world junior champion Steve Laycock just missed the playoffs last year in his Brier debut as skip with a 6-5 record.

Manitoba — Reid Carruthers twice beat Mike McEwen, who has the top-ranked team men's team in Canada, to win the provincial playdowns.

Northern Ontario — Reigning Olympic champion Brad Jacobs a favourite to win a second Canadian title in three years.

Ontario — Mark Kean leads the Brier's youngest team with an average age of 24. Lead Scott Howard is the son of former Canadian and world champion Glenn Howard.

Quebec — Jean-Michel Menard was the first francophone skip and just the second team from Quebec to win the Brier in 2006.

New Brunswick — Chartered accountant Jeremy Mallais makes his Brier debut after toppling perennial provincial rep James Grattan.

Nova Scotia — Under the new format, Glen MacLeod's team has to beat the Yukon and P.E.I. to get into the Brier's main draw.

P.E.I. — See above. Adam Casey played on Brad Gushue's front end in three straight Briers before forming this young team.

Newfoundland and Labrador — Olympic gold medallists in 2006, Brad Gushue and third Mark Nichols reunited this season and have won a pair of Grand Slams.

Yukon — Each territory gets its own team under the new format. Bob Smallwood — curling under the name of Robert Andrews — skipped the Yukon to a 2-9 record two decades ago.

Northwest Territories — Kevin's brother Jamie skipped his team into the playoffs for the first time in 2012 with 7-4 record, but posted a 3-8 record in 2014.

Nunavut — No entry.

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