Changing of the guard: Bottcher beats Howard to claim last Olympic trials spot (CBC)

McCarville, Bottcher, Morris and Tippin round out the trial field

By Devin Heroux

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Brendan Bottcher hadn’t even been born when Glenn Howard already captured his first Brier and world championship, but on Sunday night in Summerside, P.E.I., there was a changing of the curling guard.

Bottcher signing autographs for young Summerside fans. @Devin_Heroux photo.

The 25-year-old skip from Edmonton defeated the 55-year-old curling legend to earn the final spot at the Olympic trials in Ottawa. After the game Bottcher couldn’t stop smiling.

“Amazing,” he said. “We came into this game and tried to lower our expectations. When you win and you’re in the trials it’s huge.”

Howard said before the pre-trials that this would be his last attempt at making the Olympics for Canada. He will be at the Games however as a coach of Eve Muirhead’s rink

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