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Lott filling in for Fry on Team Epping for 2 GSOC events

Colton Lott will be heading back into the Calgary bubble to sub on John Epping’s team during next month’s Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events.

The Toronto-based club announced Saturday morning via social media third Ryan Fry will miss the Humpty’s Champions Cup and the Princess Auto Players’ Championship due to family reasons. Fry posted on Twitter his father was diagnosed with stage 4B lung cancer.

Lott captured the silver medal Thursday in the Canadian mixed doubles curling championship with fiancée Kadriana Sahaidak. The 25-year-old from Winnipeg Beach, Man., also plays third for Tanner Horgan on the men’s circuit and finished runner-up at the 2019 KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge Tier 2 in Pictou County, N.S.

It’s not the first time Lott has gotten the call to fill in at the Humpty’s Champions Cup. He spared for second Brett Gallant on Brad Gushue’s team at the 2019 event in Saskatoon.

Team Epping is ranked No. 2 in the world and posted a 7-5 record in the Tim Hortons Brier earlier this month finishing in a tie for sixth place.

The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling returns with the Humpty’s Champions Cup, April 14-18, followed by the Princess Auto Players’ Championship, April 20-25. Both events will be played at Calgary’s WinSport Arena and closed to the general public. Watch live coverage on Sportsnet, stay tuned for the broadcast schedule.