Glenn Howard

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Glenn Howard
Curler
Glenn Howard.JPG
Born(1962-07-17) July 17, 1962 (age 52)
Midland, Ontario
Team
Curling clubPenetanguishene CC,
Penetanguishene, ON
SkipGlenn Howard
ThirdRichard Hart
SecondJon Mead
LeadCraig Savill
KitTeamhowardkit.PNG
Career
Brier appearances15 (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
World Championship
appearances
4 (1987, 1993, 2007, 2012)
Top CCA ranking1st (2008–09 & 2011-12)
Grand Slam victories14
World Cup/Masters (Dec 2006, Jan 2008, Nov 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013);
The National (2002, Jan 2004, 2012, 2014);
Players' (2008, 2013)
Canadian Open (2009, 2012)
 
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For the New Zealand high jumper, see Glenn Howard (athlete). For the American politician in Indiana, see Glenn L. Howard. For the Australian rules footballer, see Glenn Howard (footballer).
Glenn Howard
Curler
Glenn Howard.JPG
Born(1962-07-17) July 17, 1962 (age 52)
Midland, Ontario
Team
Curling clubPenetanguishene CC,
Penetanguishene, ON
SkipGlenn Howard
ThirdRichard Hart
SecondJon Mead
LeadCraig Savill
KitTeamhowardkit.PNG
Career
Brier appearances15 (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
World Championship
appearances
4 (1987, 1993, 2007, 2012)
Top CCA ranking1st (2008–09 & 2011-12)
Grand Slam victories14
World Cup/Masters (Dec 2006, Jan 2008, Nov 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013);
The National (2002, Jan 2004, 2012, 2014);
Players' (2008, 2013)
Canadian Open (2009, 2012)

Glenn Howard (born July 17, 1962 in Midland, Ontario) is a Canadian curler from Tiny, Ontario.[1] Howard is one of the most decorated curlers of all time; He has won four world championships, four Briers and 15 Ontario provincial championships, including a record eight straight, from 2006 to 2013. Through 2014, he has played in 196 games at the Brier, more than any other curler in history.[2]

Career[edit]

1980s–2006[edit]

Howard had a lot of success in his early career when he played third with his brother, Russ. With Russ, Howard won the 1987 and 1993 Labatt Briers, and the world championships those same two years. However, Russ would move to New Brunswick in the late 1990s, leaving Glenn in Ontario to form his own team. Glenn did return to play for his brother at the 2001 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials.

Glenn would be unsuccessful in returning to the Brier, losing back-to-back provincial finals (2004, 2005) until 2006 when he would triumph over former teammate Wayne Middaugh in the Ontario final. This qualified him for the 2006 Tim Hortons Brier. His team of third Richard Hart, second Brent Laing, and lead Craig Savill dominated the 2006 Brier, finishing the round robin with only one loss. However, the team was not successful in the final, losing to Quebec's Jean-Michel Ménard 8–7.

2007-present[edit]

Howard's team dominated the 2007 season. The team marched right through the provincial championships without losing a single game (none even going a complete ten ends). At the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier, the team lost just one round-robin game to Alberta's Kevin Martin. The team lost another in the Page playoff 1 vs. 2 game to Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador. However, in the re-match in the final, Howard beat Gushue 10–6. Howard's team continued its dominance at the 2007 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. The team lost just one game in the round-robin to Team USA (skipped by Todd Birr). However, it avenged this loss by beating the Americans 7–2 in the Page playoff game and then winning the final over the Germans skipped by Andy Kapp 8–3.

Howard's last shot in a round robin game against Saskatchewan at the 2009 Brier is considered to be one of the best curling shots ever.

In his attempt to repeat at the 2008 Tim Hortons Brier, Howard lost 5–4 in the final to Alberta, skipped by Kevin Martin.

Howard became only the second skip to win a career Grand Slam when he won the Canadian Open in 2009.

Howard again qualified for the 2009 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary. Many were looking forward to Howard's performance at the Brier. Firstly, his older brother Russ was skipping the New Brunswick team, and secondly, a re-match with the rival Kevin Martin team. Howard's rink finished the round robin in second place with a 9-2 record. His last match of the round robin was against Martin, as was the first playoff matchup. Both games Howard lost, but were widely considered two of the most entertaining games in curling history, due to the incredible shot making. Howard would lose his next playoff game as well, to Jeff Stoughton's Manitoba rink, disappointing those who wanted to see a third straight exciting Martin vs Howard show down. Despite all of this, Howard is probably most remembered at the 2009 Brier for one of the greatest shots in curling history. In a round robin match against Saskatchewan, Howard was down by two with his last shot of the game. He only had one shot to win the game. Howard was facing two Saskatchewan stones, which were too far apart and too even to take out both. Howard had three rocks in the 12 foot. With his rock, Howard knocked one of his rocks onto another of his rocks, deflecting into one of the Saskatchewan stones, removing it while sticking, while his shooter rock had ricocheted off the first Ontario rock onto the other Saskatchewan stone, taking it out as well, while sticking too. With those two Ontario rocks, plus the other one that remained stationary, Ontario scored three to win the game. (See video) The shot would even be mentioned by Chris Plys on The Colbert Report during a curling segment.

Howard clinched a spot at the 2009 Olympic Trials when he won the 2008 Tylenol Players' Championship, which was held in St. John's, Newfoundland.[3] Howard finished the tournament with a perfect record and beat Kevin Martin in the final.

At the 2010 Brier, Howard finished the round robin with an undefeated 11–0 record, but lost in the Final to Alberta's Kevin Koe. He finished the year with a semifinal loss to Niklas Edin at the 2011 Players' Championship. At the end of the season, longtime third Richard Hart announced that he would leave Team Howard and the world of competitive curling. Former teammate Wayne Middaugh replaced Hart.

At the 2012 World Championship, Howard defeated Scotland in the Final to capture his 4th world title.

At the 2013 Brier, Howard would once again represent the province of Ontario. Howard and team would go 10-1 in the Round Robin, giving themselves a spot in the Page 1-2 game. Team Howard would go on to lose to Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton in the page playoff and to eventual Brier champion, Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs in the semi final.

By being the CTRS leader for the 2011-2012 season, Glenn Howard clinched a spot in 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Howard would end up missing the playoffs, finishing 2-5 and in a tie for 6th place with Kevin Koe. Glenn Howard would go on to play in the 2014 Ontario Provincials and lose to Greg Balsdon in the final. Before losing to Balsdon, Howard had won eight-straight provincial championships.

At the end of the 2013-2014 season, Glenn Howard announced that second Brent Laing would be leaving the team and going to Alberta to join with Kevin Koe's new rink. On April 13, via his Twitter account, Glenn Howard announced his new team would consist of former third Richard Hart, Jon Mead, and current lead Craig Savill.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
CChampion
FLost in Final
SFLost in Semifinal
QFLost in Quarterfinals
R16Lost in the round of 16
QDid not advance to playoffs
DNPDid not participate in event
N/ANot a Grand Slam event that season
Event2001–022002–032003–042004–052005–062006–072007–082008–092009–102010–112011–122012–132013–14
Masters / World CupQFSFDNPDNPSFCCCCSFCQC
Canadian OpenSFFQSFQSFQFCFFSFCSF
The NationalCFCSFSFQFDNPQSFSFCQC
Players'QFQFQSFQFQFCFQFSFFCQ

Teams[edit]

Howard (left) and his team at the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier
SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
1985–86Russ HowardGlenn HowardTim BelcourtKent Carstairs
1986–87Russ HowardGlenn HowardTim BelcourtKent Carstairs
1988–89Russ HowardGlenn HowardTim BelcourtKent Carstairs
1990–91Russ HowardGlenn HowardWayne MiddaughPeter Corner
1991–92Russ HowardGlenn HowardWayne MiddaughPeter Corner
1992–93Russ HowardGlenn HowardWayne MiddaughPeter Corner
1993–94Russ HowardGlenn HowardWayne MiddaughPeter Corner
1994–95Russ HowardGlenn HowardPeter CornerKen McDermot
1996–97Russ HowardGlenn HowardScott PattersonPhil Loevenmark
1997–98Russ HowardGlenn HowardNoel HerronSteve Small
1998–99Russ HowardGlenn HowardPeter CornerNeil Harrison
1999–00Russ HowardGlenn HowardPeter CornerNeil Harrison
2000–01Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2001–02Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2002–03Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2003–04Glenn HowardRichard HartCollin MitchellJason Mitchell
2004–05Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2005–06Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2006–07Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2007–08Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2008–09Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2009–10Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2010–11Glenn HowardRichard HartBrent LaingCraig Savill
2011–12Glenn HowardWayne MiddaughBrent LaingCraig Savill
2012–13Glenn HowardWayne MiddaughBrent LaingCraig Savill
2013–14Glenn HowardWayne MiddaughBrent LaingCraig Savill
2014–15Glenn HowardRichard HartJon MeadCraig Savill

Personal life[edit]

Howard works as a manager at The Beer Store. He is married and has two children, Scott and Carly.[4] Howard made a guest appearance on the CBC comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie on the season 2 episode titled "Jihad on Ice". In the Fall of 2013, he was inducted into the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame.

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