Savill is the Alberta component of Team Howard

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

He grew up as a military brat, moving from location to location throughout the world.

Craig Savill, lead of the Glenn Howard team, may have been born in Lahr, Germany, but he definitely has plenty of Alberta roots.

"My dad (Brian) and mom (Dale) were raised just north of here in High Prairie," said Savill. "My grandma (Dorothy) lives in Edmonton right now. I have relatives in Grande Prairie. My aunt and uncle, Kay and Wayne are up north and so are a couple of more in Grande Prairie.

"I've got two cousins here."

Savill lived in Alberta for three years, then moved back to Ottawa when he was 13 years old.

That's where he started curling as the third for John Morris. Together, they won world junior championships in 1998 and 1999.

Savill moved to second on the Ontario team skipped by Morris that lost the 2002 Brier to Randy Ferbey.

Savill spent plenty of holiday time in northern Alberta.

"We used to visit all the time and go up north and go to my grandpa's cottage," said Savill.

So, there's a big cheering section at Rexall Place this week.

"Yeah, my grandma's here all week, my parents are going to be here all week," said Savill. "My aunts and uncles are coming up for the weekend. My cousins are in and out because they're working, but they should be around. I've got lots of family and friends around."

The Howard team left an impression on Edmonton fans with their 2007 Worlds win and will have a shot at their first Olympic appearance this weekend.

"We have a few fans out here," said Savill. "A lot of them are going for the Alberta teams.

"We're hoping people will remember what we did back in the Worlds in 2007 and we hope they're still around."

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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