Well, the news came out today that the Olympic champion Kevin Martin has picked his 5th for the upcoming Brier in March. Marc Kennedy (the second for Martin’s team) and his wife are expecting a child right about the same time that the Brier is happening, so an alternate for the team is of utmost importance. They have selected Dustin Eckstrand, who plays regularly with Martin in a league in Alberta. If the Eckstrand name sounds familiar to you… it should! Kalamazoo Curling Club secretary Garnet Eckstrand is Dustin’s uncle. So if you needed any more reasons to follow the Brier… there it is!