The 10 teams registered will play a triple-knockout format, qualifying four teams for the Page playoff round. The first and second qualifiers will play in the Page 1-2 game, and the third- and fourth-place qualifiers will play in the Page 3-4.
The winner of the 1-2 game will advance directly to the championship final, and the loser will play the winner of the 3-4 sudden-death game in the semifinal. That winner will then face the 1-2 winner in the final.
Four teams, including the defending-champion Mike Gaudet rink, are seeded in the draw as a result of cashspiel winnings this season. The seeds are: 1. Rodd MacDonald, 2 . Eddie MacKenzie, 3. Jamie Newson, 4. Gaudet.
Rinks skipped by Mel Bernard, Robert Campbell, Allan Inman, Ted MacFadyen, Robert Shaw and Blair Weeks round out the remaining six teams.
Draws go Wednesday through Friday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., with the final two qualifiers being chosen Saturday at 11 a.m. The two Page games follow at 4 p.m. The semifinal is Sunday at 11 a.m., with the final at 4 p.m.
A small admission fee will be charged for each draw, and full-event passes are also available.
The winning team from this year’s Tankard will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton from March 2 to 10.
P.E.I. Tankard team rosters:
Mel Bernard, Barry Cameron, Kevin Ellsworth, Earle Proude, Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Robert Campbell, John Likely, Erik Brodersen, Mike Dillon, Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Mike Gaudet, Tyler MacKenzie, Tyler Harris, Sean Clarey, Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Allan Inman, Calvin Smith, Adam Arsenault, Brad Ledgerwood, Crapaud Community Curling Club/Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Rod MacDonald, Kevin Champion, Mark O'Rourke, Andrew Robinson, Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Ted MacFadyen, Craig Mackie, Phil McInnis, David Murphy, Cornwall Curling Club/Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Eddie MacKenzie, Anson Carmody, Alex MacFadyen, Sean Ledgerwood, Al Ledgerwood (coach), Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Jamie Newson, Pat Lynch, Jeff Gallant, John Desrosiers, Charlottetown Curling Complex
Robert Shaw, Phil Gorveatt, Dennis Watts, Robbie Younker, Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Blair Weeks, Matthew Nabuurs, Connor MacPhee, Mark Victor, Eric Pidgeon (alternate), Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Note: Rosters listed skip to lead, coach/alternate and home club.
P.E.I. Tankard’s opening draws:
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Feb. 6 at 1:30 pm
Ice 1: Robert Shaw vs. Blair Weeks.
Ice 2: Robert Campbell vs. Mel Bernard.
Ice 3: Rod MacDonald vs. Ted MacFadyen.
Ice 4: Allan Inman vs. Eddie MacKenzie.
Ice 1: Loser of Campbell-Bernard vs. loser of Inman-MacKenzie.
Ice 2: Mike Gaudet vs. winner of Shaw-Weeks.
Ice 3: Jamie Newson vs. winner of Campbell-Bernard.
Ice 4: Loser of Shaw-Weeks vs. loser of MacDonald-MacFadyen.