Team USA looking for gold in Halifax

By Terry Kolesar | March 24, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2015

Olympian John Shuster set to lead Team USA at 2015 World Championship

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Three-time Olympian John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) is set to lead Team USA at the 2015 Ford World Men's Championship beginning Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

The 12-team world championship will take place Saturday through April 5 at the Scotiabank Centre. Shuster, who led Team USA at the 2014 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and was lead for Team USA in 2006 when the U.S. won Olympic bronze in Torino, will compete in his fifth world championship. He skipped the Americans to a fifth-place finish in 2009 in his last world appearance. Joining Shuster, 32, in Halifax are teammates Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), who competed in the 2010 world championships (fourth place, Cortina, Italy); Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), 2008 world junior gold medalist; and 2014 Olympic teammates John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) and Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.). The team is coached by 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Phill Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.), who coached the men's Olympic team in Vancouver. 

Shuster's team qualified to compete at the world championship after earning the most Order of Merit points throughout the 2014-15 season.  The last time the U.S. men won this event was in 1978. They also won in 1974 and 1965. The last U.S. team to make it to the playoffs was Pete Fenson's in 2010 (fourth place, Cortina, Italy) and Todd Birr's team was the most recent to medal (2007, bronze in Edmonton, Alberta). 

Team USA starts out the 11-game round robin on Saturday night against Canada's John Morris rink at 7:30 p.m. (AST). After the round robin concludes on April 2, the top four teams will advance to the Page playoffs, April 3-5. 

This is the first time that Halifax will host the men's world championship. The 2016 event will take place in Basel, Switzerland.

TV & webstreaming: Universal Sports will air seven programs on TV and via its app for webstreaming (please note that the WCF YouTube channel will be geo-blocked in the U.S. for the games that Universal is streaming). Here is a look at Universal's schedule (all times EST):

Date Event TV Webstreaming
Mon., Mar. 30   Men: Sweden vs. Norway 6:30 p.m. LIVE 6:30 p.m. 
Tue., Mar. 31     Men: China vs. USA 6:30 p.m. LIVE 6:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 3           Men: Playoff Match #1 6:30 p.m. LIVE 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 4          Men: Playoff Match #2 1:30 p.m. LIVE 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 4          Men: Semifinal Match 6:30 p.m. LIVE 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 5         Men: Bronze Medal Match 9 a.m. LIVE 9 a.m.
Sun., Apr. 5         Men: Gold Medal Match 3:30 p.m. LIVE 3:30 p.m.

NBCSN is scheduled to air the gold-medal game from the 2015 Ford World Men's Championship 7-9 p.m. ET on April 6. You can also watch the USA-CAN game live on the ESPN3 app on Saturday, March 28. Game time is 7:30 AST. Click here.

Results, news, videos and photos from the 2015 Ford World Men's Curling Championship can be viewed on the World Curling Federation's official event website at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015

Video highlights: Highlights from games throughout the championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation. WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule will be published on the official WCF website at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow select live coverage of the 2015 World Championship via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

Round robin & playoffs:
Here is a look at Team USA's schedule for the 2015 Ford World Men's Championship in Halifax (all times local (AST), + 1 ET):
* Saturday, March 28: USA v. Canada, 7:30 p.m.
* Sunday, March 29: USA v. Norway, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. Switzerland, 7:30 p.m.
* Monday, March 30: USA v. Finland, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Italy, 7:30 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 31: USA v. Scotland, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. China, 7:30 p.m. 
* Wednesday, April 1: USA v. Sweden, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Japan, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday, April 2: USA v. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Russia, 2:30 p.m. 
* Friday, April 3: Page playoffs, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, April 4: Page playoffs, 2:30 p.m..; semifinal, 7:30 p.m.
* Sunday, April 5: Bronze-medal game, 10 a.m.; gold-medal game, 4 p.m.

After the round robin, the top four teams in each division will advance to the Page playoffs, which get underway on March 20. 

Social media:
* Twitter: @usacurl, @worldcurling 
Hashtags: #wmcc2015 #curling

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).