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What are some fun facts about the Scotties Tournament of Hearts?

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The Scotties Tournament of Hearts is Canada's annual women's curling championship. It is one of eight national championships sanctioned by Curling Canada. The first tournament was conducted in 1961.

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Kruger Products, which owns the Scotties tissue brand, has been the Scotties Tournament of Hearts' main corporate sponsor since 1981. The tournament was known as the Scott Tournament of Hearts when Kruger did business as Scott Paper Ltd. It was renamed to Scotties in 2007.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts also has been known as the Diamond D Championship, Macdonald Lassies Championship and the Canadian Ladies Curling Association Championship.

Curlers from Canada's 10 provinces, three territories and the Northern Ontario region meet for the annual 12-team round-robin tournament. A four-team qualifying competition is conducted to reduce the field to 12 teams.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts' championship team receives a silver trophy. Each championship members gets a smaller version of the trophy and a gold ring set with a .25-carat diamond. All awards have the Four Hearts design that has become the tournament's logo.

Saskatchewan has won the most Scotties Tournament of Hearts with 11 championships. Manitoba has finished in the top three places 28 times, followed by British Columbia with 27.

Grand Prairie, Alberta, is the host for the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Manitoba is the defending champion by winning the 2015 tournament in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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