No place like home for Walchuk

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Don Walchuk has found a new home ... his old home.

Walchuk is back in Edmonton from his two-year Olympics shot gig with Winnipeg's Kerry Burtnyk.

With old pal Don Bartlett playing lead, Chris Schille at third and D.J. Kidby at second, the team combines proven veteran talent with youthful enthusiasm.

"I like the fact that over my playing days I've had a chance to play with Pat Ryan, Al Hackner, Paul Gowsell, Ed Lukowich and on and on," said Walchuk.

"Kevin Martin, that goes without saying.

"The more I can talk about the great guys I've played with ... it's awesome to me."

Walchuk won a silver medal with Bartlett, Martin and Carter Rycroft in 2002 and had a chance to do it with another legendary skip.

"It's just one of those things," said Walchuk. "How many teams are tying to get there and only one can win. We thought we would show better as a team, but we didn't."

Returning to Edmonton, he cobbled together a foursome that's pretty interesting.

"That's why I got the old guy (Bartlett) with me, so us two old guys can polish up the younger guys a bit," said Walchuk.

"For sure, that comes into play.

"I don't know what to expect. (Schille) is a great player. I expect a lot of good things out of him. I'm excited about it. I think we can compete."

Although Manitoba has the depth, Alberta, and especially Edmonton, is home to the world's elite curlers.

"I'm back in Alberta where most of the good players are," said Walchuk. "They've got good players in Manitoba for sure.

"It's no secret. This is the tough province now, this is the curling province in Canada and the hotbed of curling in the world, really."

It's going to be interesting to see if the veteran Hall of Famer can put together a contender in the toughest curling city in the world.


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