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2008 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge

The Sixth Annual Can-Am SCRABBLE® Challenge will take place on June 21–22, 2008 in Toronto, ON. Vying in this invitational tournament for the majority of the 98 team points and the Challenge Trophy will be the seven top ranking players from Canada and the USA.

The Can-Am SCRABBLE® Challenge has pitted the top players from Canada and the United States against each other since its inception in 2002. As of 2006, the U.S. and Canada are tied at two victories apiece.

Standings will be updated regularly over the course of the event.

The Players

Team members qualified based on their peak rating attained at a fully-rated tournament between the March 1, 2007 and May 1, 2008 NSA ratings lists, after having played at least 24 fully-rated games. (The qualification period was originally announced as ending on March 1, but was extended by unanimous consent in October 2007.)

Team U.S.A.

Dave Wiegand
Portland, OR
Mortgage Underwriter, 33
2005 National Champion

John O'Laughlin
Cambridge, MA
Software Engineer, 28

Brian Cappelletto
Chicago, IL
Options Trader, 38

Chris Cree
Dallas, TX
Used equipment sales and leasing, 53

Nathan Benedict
Tucson, AZ
Professional Gambler, 27

Rod MacNeil
Cambridge, MA
Administrative and Project Support for Preservation Architecture Firm, 34

David Koenig
Englewood, NJ
Teacher, 30

Team Canada

Adam Logan
Waterloo ON
Mathematician, 33
1996, 2005, 2008 Canadian Champion
1996 U.S. Champion
2005 World Champion

David Boys
Dorval QC
Programmer Analyst, 44
2003 Canadian Champion
1995 World Champion

Mark Schellenberg
Calgary AB
Shipper, 29

Joel Wapnick
Montreal QC
University Professor, 52
1998 Canadian Champion
1983 U.S. Champion
1999 World Champion

Evan Berofsky
Thornhill ON
Student, Writer, 32

Robin Pollock Daniel
Toronto ON
Mom/Psychotherapist, 46

Dean Saldanha
Richmond BC
Castings Administrator, 25

Current qualification standings are updated monthly, with the publication of each new ratings list. E-mail John Chew if you aren't listed but want to know where you stand.

If you think you might be playing, please consult Information for Players.

Statistics based on the first six events are also available for each player and team.