If Kurt Browning keeps answering his phone, he might skate forever. Before a recent mid-morning practice at Toronto’s Granite Club, he explained how he found himself preparing for his 28th year with Stars on Ice, after deciding — a few times over — to move on. “I thought when …

On the Granite Club ice, Browning is back to his old self. His longevity in skating is almost unheard of. While the younger generations of top Canadian skaters have come and gone from Stars on Ice, he’s remained a fan favourite.

“Some of us are just crazy lifers,” he says, but he’s unsure who else could similarly become synonymous with the tour.

“I think Patrick (Chan) has that opportunity. (Stars on Ice director) Jeff Buttle certainly has a love affair with skating, but he’s injured right now and what will that injury do moving forward? Joannie Rochette would have been loved for a long, long, long, long, long time. But she had a brain and wanted to go flex that muscle,” he says. (Rochette now studies medicine at McGill University.)

This year, Browning leverages both his silly and serious sides. He’s revisiting the challenge of building a broad, comedic piece, which in the past has resulted in some of his best-received performances.

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