Next week, Canada's best will descend upon Saskatoon for the 2009 edition of their National Championships.
Like the U.S., Canada has not been immune to withdrawals...reigning Pair Champions Langlois and Hay have withdrawn due to injury leaving the door wide (wide!) open for Dube and Davison who are looking to jumpstart their season after they failed to make the Grand Prix Final.
Joannie Rochette looks for her 5th consecutive title. She'll face competition from the likes of Mira Leung and Cynthia Phaneuf.
Patrick Chan leads a field of men that include Kevin Reynolds, Shawn Sawyer, and Vaughn Chipeur.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will finally get their season underway. Injuries kept them sidelined from competition this fall. It'll be interesting to see if Crone and Poirier can continue to bring the goods they brought during the Grand Prix.
A full list of competitors can be found here.
To all my friends up north...hope your favorite wins!