Meet the World Men’s teams competing in the Calgary bubble

Team Japan skip Yuta Matsumura © WCF / Michael Burns

Teams from 14 Member Associations are set to compete on the world stage for the first time since the pandemic began at the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Men’s Curling Championship 2021 in Calgary, Canada.

This edition of the event is for fourteen men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia Zones with a unique qualification process due to the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the championship. This qualification process is determined by a combination of the World Rankings and World Qualification Events in 2019 and 2020.

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Americas Zone – two places determined by the World Rankings (Canada and United States)

European Zone – eight places determined by the results from the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 (Sweden, Switzerland, Scotland, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Germany and Netherlands)

Pacific-Asia Zone – two places determined by the results from the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 (Korea and Japan)

Thirteenth entry — allocated to the Member Association highest in the World Rankings who has not already qualified for the championship (RCF)

Final entry — World Qualification Event 2020 (China)

Canada’s Brendan Bottcher © Curling Canada / Michael Burns Photo


Call it a breakthrough year. Canadian skip and world junior champion, Brendan Bottcher and his team from Alberta have finally earned the right to represent Canada on the world stage, after claiming the Tim Hortons Brier title in early March. The foursome have been oh-so-close to competing in the world championships, after losing the last three Canadian finals. Wearing the maple leaf in the bubble will be sweet as maple syrup for the hosts.

4 : Brendan BOTTCHER (Skip)

3 : Darren MOULDING (Vice-Skip)


1 : Karrick MARTIN


China’s skip Zou Qiang © WCF / Jeffrey Au


China earned their spot in this year’s championship after winning the World Qualification Event 2020 in Lohja, Finland in January. The team, having already earned their National Olympic Committee a spot in the Olympic Games as hosts, is skipped by Zou Qiang, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at the championship. In 2019, the Chinese team finished with a 2-10 record.

4 : ZOU Qiang (Skip)

3 : TIAN Jiafeng (Vice-Skip)

2 : WANG Zhiyu

1 : XU Jingtao

A : HAN Peng

Team Denmark at the Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden © WCF / Céline Stucki


This year the Dane’s will be represented by a team new to the world championship. Mads Noergaard, who skips the game and throws second stones, will make his first World Men’s appearance after his team finished with a 5-6 record at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019. Denmark hasn’t been to the world’s since 2016, making this a big feat for the Member Association in the lead up to Beijing 2022.

4 : Mikkel KRAUSE (Vice-Skip)

3 : Tobias THUNE

2 : Mads NOERGAARD (Skip)

1 : Kasper WIKSTEN

A : Oliver Rosenkrands SOEE

Germany’s Sixten Totzek at the World Junior Curling Championships 2020, Krasnoyarsk, Russia © WCF / Emil Cooper


Sixten Totzek is 21-years-old and skipping at the World Men’s championship for the first time. After a fourth-place finish at the World Junior Curling Championships 2020, with junior teammate Joshua Sutor, the two have joined forces with the previous German skip, Marc Muskatewitz and lead Dominik Greindl.

4 : Sixten TOTZEK (Skip)

3 : Marc MUSKATEWITZ (Vice-Skip)

2 : Joshua SUTOR

1 : Dominik GREINDL

A : Klaudius HARSCH

Italy’s Joel Retornaz © WCF / Jeffrey Au


Italy will be led once again by two time Olympian and six-time world men’s participant, Joel Retornaz. The skip, who finished seventh overall in 2019 will be looking to ensure his team finishes within the top six to avoid the tense Olympic Qualification Event, which this team won on last stone in 2017.

4 : Joel RETORNAZ (Skip)

3 : Amos MOSANER (Vice-Skip)

2 : Sebastiano ARMAN

1 : Fabio RIBOTTA


Japan’s Yuta Matsumura at the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 © WCF / Jeffrey Au


After finishing just shy of a medal in 2019, Yuta Matsumura and his team will be back on the world stage once again looking to improve on their results. Fortunately for them, the team qualified for the world championship after winning the Japanese Curling Championships in February, giving them valuable on-ice experience ahead of the competition.

4 : MATSUMURA Yuta (Skip)

3 : SHIMIZU Tetsuro (Vice-Skip)

2 : TANIDA Yasumasa

1 : ABE Shinya

A : AITA Kosuke


The Koreans will be a group of newcomers on the world stage, skipped by Jeong Yeong Seok. In 2019 the Korean team at the finished bottom of the pack, with a 1-11 record.

4 : JEONG Yeong Seok (Skip)

3 : PARK Se Won

2 : KIM Jeong Min (Vice-Skip)

1 : LEE Jun Hyung

A : SEO Min Guk

Team Netherlands at the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 © WCF / Jeffrey Au


Jaap van Dorp has skipped his Dutch team at nine constitutive European Curling Championships, finishing eighth overall in both 2018 and 2019. With this, the team has also competed at the last three world championships, with a 4-8 record in the last two events.

4 : Wouter GOESGENS (Vice-Skip)

3 : Jaap VAN DORP (Skip)

2 : Laurens HOEKMAN



Norway’s skip Steffen Walstad © WCF / Jeffrey Au


Steffen Walstad has skipped the Norwegians at two of the three latest editions of the world championship, with their best finish being fifth place in 2018. This year, Walstad is joined by the most experienced player in the field, Torger Negaard at third. Negaard who previously played on Thomas Ulsrud’s team, has competed at 12 world championships and five Olympic Games.

4 : Steffen WALSTAD (Skip)

3 : Torger NERGAARD (Vice-Skip)

2 : Markus HOEIBERG

1 : Magnus VAAGBERG

A : Eirik MJOEEN

Sergey Glukhov at the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 © WCF / Jeffrey Au


RCF will be skipped by Sergey Glukhov. At the last world championship, the team finished eighth overall with a 4-8 record.

4 : Sergey GLUKHOV (Skip)

3 : Evgenii KLIMOV

2 : Dmitrii MIRONOV (Vice-Skip)

1 : Anton KALALB


Scotland’s Bruce Mouat © WCF / Jeffrey Au


Scotland’s Team Bruce Mouat were selected to represent the blue and white in early 2021 and will make their third appearance as a team. The unit had a great first showing at the championship in 2018, finishing with a 12-2 record and winning the bronze medals.

4 : Bruce MOUAT (Skip)

3 : Grant HARDIE (Vice-Skip)

2 : Bobby LAMMIE

1 : Hammy McMILLAN

A : Ross WHYTE

Team Sweden skip Niklas Edin © WCF / Michael Burns


The reigning back-to-back world champions, skipped by two-time Olympic medallist, Niklas Edin, will be leading the field once again. The Swedes defeated Canada in the last two championship finals and lost just one game in each event. Edin and his team also captured the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2019 over Switzerland.

4 : Niklas EDIN (Skip)

3 : Oskar ERIKSSON (Vice-Skip)

2 : Rasmus WRANAA

1 : Christoffer SUNDGREN


Team Switzerland © WCF / Jeffrey Au


If you take a look at the past results of Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz, their consistency will stand out – they’re great at winning bronze. In three world championship appearances, the team claimed third place in 2014, 2017 and 2019. They also won bronze at the Olympic Winter Games in 2018, against Canada. This Swiss lineup captured the Switzerland World Qualifiers to earn their spot in Calgary, against last year’s national champions, Yannick Schwaller.

4 : Benoit SCHWARZ (Vice-Skip)

3 : Sven MICHEL

2 : Peter DE CRUZ (Skip)

1 : Valentin TANNER

A : Pablo LACHAT

Team United States, skip John Shuster, lead John Landsteiner, second Matt Hamilton © WCF / Michael Burns

United States

The reigning Olympic champions, who hail from the United States will be skipped once again by John Shuster. The skip claimed the world bronze medals in 2016 and has been knocking on the door for a medal finish since then. In 2019, the team finished with an 8-5 record which gave them a fifth-place finish overall.

4 : John SHUSTER (Skip)

3 : Chris PLYS (Vice-Skip)



A : Colin HUFMAN

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Calgary, Canada

29 March 2021
Road to 2022
World Men's Curling Championship