For the second straight year, the defending champion was missing from the Brier. Kevin Koe's Brier champion and World champion rink lost in the Alberta provincial final to Kevin Martin's reigning Olympic champion rink, who played in his 11th Brier.
Representing Manitoba was the former world champion Jeff Stoughton rink, who has represented Manitoba in 5 of the last 6 years. He defeated the Mike McEwen rink, who at the time was ranked #1 in the CTRS, in the Manitoba provincial final.
Returning from Ontario was the former world champion Glenn Howard rink, who has won a record six straight provincial championships.
Returning from Newfoundland and Labrador was the former Olympic champion Brad Gushue, who has won eight of the last nine provincial championships. The Gushue rink was fresh off a break up with Albertan Randy Ferbey who skipped the team in a few World Curling Tour events this season.
The 2005 Brier runner-up Shawn Adams skipped for Team Nova Scotia.
Representing Saskatchewan was Steve Laycock, who made his Brier skipping debut with Pat Simmons as fourth, while looking to win the 4th national title of the year for Saskatchewan, following two Canadian Junior titles and one Scotties title.
The 2010 Brier bronze medalist Brad Jacobs represented Northern Ontario once again.
Jim Cotter skipped Team British Columbia for the first time, taking over the position for an injured Bob Ursel.
The 1997 & 2002 Brier bronze medalist James Grattan represented New Brunswick for a 9th time. His second, Steve Howard, is Glenn Howard's nephew.
Jamie Koe returned to play in his fifth Brier representing the Northwest Territories/Yukon team, hoping to improve on his last place finish in 2010.
Playing in his first Brier since 1994 was Prince Edward Island's Eddie MacKenzie who was also skipping for the first time.
And finally, François Gagné of Quebec played in his first Brier after upsetting former Brier champion Jean-Michel Ménard in the Quebec provincial final.
Final Round Robin StandingsNewfoundland and Labrador finished first by virtue of their wins over Manitoba and Alberta.
Manitoba finished second by virtue of their win over Alberta.
All draw times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−5).
Saturday, March 5, 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 6, 9:30 am
Sunday, March 6, 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Monday, March 7, 9:30 am
Monday, March 7, 2:30 pm
Monday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 8, 9:30 am
Tuesday, March 8, 2:30 pm
Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 am
Wednesday, March 9, 2:30 pm
Team P.E.I. was fined $2000 for quitting the game before the 7th end.
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 10, 9:30 am
Thursday, March 10, 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2:30 pm
In the 9th end, Alberta and Ontario's rocks were so close to the tee (the pin hole), that a measurement could not be made, and the umpire ( Keith Reilly 1967 Brier Champion from Ontario ) had to make a call. While Alberta scored the point, Ontario scored two in the 10th to win when Martin missed his last shot, a raise attempt against two, giving Ontario the victory with Howard not having to throw his last.
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Round Robin only
Round Robin onlyAll-Star Teams
First TeamSkip: Glenn Howard (Ontario)
Third: Jon Mead (Manitoba)
Second: Marc Kennedy (Alberta) (accepted by Jules Owchar)
Lead: Ben Hebert (Alberta)
Second TeamSkip: Jeff Stoughton (Manitoba)
Third: Richard Hart (Ontario)
Second: Brent Laing (Ontario)
Lead: Craig Savill (Ontario)
Ross Harstone Award
Jim Cotter (British Columbia)
Scotty Harper Award – Media Award
Jim Henderson, SWEEP Magazine (third win) – $500 award
Paul McLean Award
Michael Burns Jr., CCA photographer
2011 Boston Pizza Cup (Alberta)
2011 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Curling Championship
2011 Safeway Championship (Manitoba)
2011 Molson Canadian Men's Provincial Curling Championship (New Brunswick)
2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Tankard
The Dominion 2011 Northern Ontario Men's Curling Championship (Northern Ontario)
2011 Nova Scotia Men's Molson Provincial Championship
2011 The Dominion Tankard (Ontario)
2011 PEI Labatt Tankard
2011 Quebec Men's Provincial Curling Championship
2011 SaskTel Tankard (Saskatchewan)
2011 Yukon/NWT Men's Curling Championship