Howard begins quest for fourth world title on TSN Saturday Staff

3/27/2012 1:35:30 PM

Canada's Glenn Howard begins his quest for a fourth title, and second as a skip, when the Capital One Men's World Championships get underway in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday.

Howard takes on France's Thomas Dufour in the opening draw on Saturday, a game you can watch on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 8am et/5am pt.

Among the rinks that will be competing against Howard include last year's silver medalist Tom Brewster of Scotland and bronze medalist Niklas Edin of Sweden as well as Olympic silver medalist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway.

Howard won his first two world titles playing third for brother Russ before winning his first as a skip in 2007. However since that victory, the Howard rink has suffered a number of heart-breaking losses, making this year's appearance on the world stage that much sweeter.

"We're going to give it a good run at Basel," said Howard. "We're on a pretty good run now and I hope we can bring that into play in Switzerland."

In the last four years, the Howard rink has lost in the Brier final three times and the semi-final once, as well as coming up short against Kevin Martin in the 2009 Canadian Curling Trials final, losing out on a chance to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Following the 2011 campaign, long-time third Richard Hart decided to retire from competitive curling and Howard called on an old friend to fill the void. Wayne Middaugh, who played second with the Howard brothers on the two earlier world championship rinks and won his own title as a skip in 1998, went on to earn the Hec Gervais award as the most valuable player in the Brier playoffs.

"Hey, this team was pretty good before I came along," said Middaugh, after the Brier win.

Canada's Jeff Stoughton is the defending world champion.

Note: The gold and bronze medal games will be televised on TSN and TSN Mobile TV on April 8. will have live streaming of select weekday morning and afternoon draws.