The TSN Skins Game is back.
Glenn Howard was a winner before he stepped on the ice at the Ford World Curling Championships yesterday.
But he didn't know it until he came off the ice after winning his eighth consecutive game in the afternoon draw.
"Best news I've heard ever!" said the Canadian skip.
As the Brier winner and possible world champion, Howard is obviously going to be the first to get an invitation to the event, which will be held at Casino Rama, 90 miles north of Toronto.
"That's 40 minutes from my house. Maybe 50," said the Midland, Ont. beer store manager.
After a two-year absence, TSN announced here yesterday the return of its made-for-TV curling event live on December 8 and 9.
The announcement was made on TSN by Vic Rauter during the network's coverage of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship.
TSN will invite four teams to the event. In the past, TSN had invited the defending champion, the Brier winner along with two other high-profile teams.
WON LAST ONE
Kevin Martin of Edmonton won the last one held three seasons ago.
Martin leads the tour in prize money this year with $144,000.
Howard is second with $111,661 and Edmonton's Ferbey Four is third at $105,563.
"Obviously you would start by picking Ferbey and Martin," said Howard.
As for the other spot ...
"Maybe Wayne Middaugh or Jeff Stoughton,'' he suggested.
He didn't mention Brad Gushue, the Olympic gold- medal winner who was one bad decision away from beating him in the final at the Brier after beating him in the 1-2 game.
The four teams would be playing for $100,000 plus additional prizing.
The casino has hired curling icemaker Hans Wuthrich and Ontario-based CIMCO, the company involved in making the ice for the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, to put a sheet of ice into the facility, which will apparently hold 5,000.
Beginning in the 2008-09 curling season, TSN will be the exclusive Canadian home of all eight Season of Champions events, including the semis and finals.
The deal between the network and the Canadian Curling Association runs through the 2013-14 season, and includes morning, afternoon and evening draws.