Hanna named tourney MVP

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

They're stars.

Three players from Jenn Hanna's Ontario rink got the nod for the 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts all-star teams.

Hanna was named the tournament MVP and to the second all-star team. Second Dawn Askin, who performed brilliantly throughout the event, was named to the first all-star team, while vice Pascale Letendre joined Hanna on the second team.

Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones, Saskatchewan third Marliese Miller and Team Canada lead Nancy Delahunt were also named to the first team.

Saskatchewan second Sherri Singler and Newfoundland lead Susan O'Leary round out the second team.

The all-stars were chosen by reporters covering the event.

GIVE 'EM A HAND: The Hanna team arrives at Ottawa airport this afternoon at 4:10 from Toronto on a WestJet flight.

POLITICAL PRESENCE: Danny Williams, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, attended yesterday's final, welcoming visitors to "the youngest and coolest province in Canada" during a pre-game speech. Federal minister of social development and former NHL star goalie Ken Dryden was also on hand.

CROWD FAVOURITES: Throughout the week, Hanna's team gained favour from the fans because of the skip's outstanding shotmaking, and that feeling was present during yesterday's final. Hanna received the loudest ovation of all the players when she was introduced before the game.

NO RECORD: The loss for Hanna ended a winning streak for the Ontario team at four games. No team has ever won the national women's title after losing five games in the round-robin. The loss also prevented an Ottawa team from winning the Scott for the first time. The Rideau Curling Club's Anne Merklinger lost the 1998 final to Alberta's Cathy King and also lost the 2000 championship to Kelley Law of B.C.


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