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Field Hockey Canada – Vancouver, BC – The Men’s National Program has named the team that will represent Canada at the 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from August 4-12.

The 2017 Pan American Cup will see the men’s squad take on five other nations, with the continental champion earning qualification for the 2018 FIH Men’s World Cup.

Having already earned a 2018 World Cup qualification at World League 3 in London, England, the team heads into this year’s Pan American Cup with the same focus, but with some new faces.

Of the 18 athletes selected, 14 competed together this past June in the World League Semi Final. A well earned break has been handed to some of the team’s veterans (Freose, Kindler, Garcia & Pearson) while offering the next generation of players the opportunity to stake their case for future selection.

“Qualifying gives the opportunity to rest some athletes and look at others to develop and broaden the program,” says Men’s National Interim Head Coach Paul Bundy.

One of such athletes is goalkeeper Iqwinder Gill of the Men’s Junior Team. Gill is coming off a hot year at the Junior level to make his international debut with the Men’s National Team. Gill will be joined by fellow rookies Harbir Sidhu and Brad Logan who will all look to this tournament to gain experience and bolster their international resumes.

For Logan, who dropped everything in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to come train and play for Canada’s Mens Team, making the Pan Am squad means a lot. “I’ve worked very hard for this, and gave up a lot for it, so it’s nice to finally get some rewards off all this hard work.” Logan added “I’ve earned my spot, so I’m ready to give it a good crack.”  

While the rookies are looking to play their first few international matches, they have veterans like David Carter (Vancouver, BC; 149) and Iain Smythe (Vancouver, BC; 147) leading the way – both who are positioned to reach their 150th game played for Canada within the tournament.

Smythe and Carter are joined by a number of other National Team veterans – all with more than 100 international matches for Canada under their belt – Gordon Johston (Vancouver, BC; 116), Keegan Pereira (Ajax, ON; 121), Richard Hildreth (Vancouver, BC; 161), Taylor Curran (North Vancouver, BC; 134) and Team Captain Scott Tupper (Vancouver, BC; 258).

The team faces the United States and Brazil in warm-up matches before opening pool play against Trinidad & Tobago on August 4th at 9am PT/12pm ET. Pool play continues as the men take on Brazil before facing Mexico in final pool play.

Canada’s full 2017 Pan American Cup schedule, results and recaps can be found here.

Men’s National Team for the 2017 Pan American Cup

Name

Position

Hometown

Club

Caps

Balraj Panesar

Midfielder

Surrey, BC

United Brothers FHC

18

Brad Logan

Defender

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Oxted Club

0

Brandon Pereira

Defender

Surrey, BC

United Brothers FHC

13

Brendon Bissett

Midfielder

New Westminster, BC

UVIC

77

David Carter

Goalkeeper

Vancouver, BC

United Brothers FHC

149

Floris van Son

Forward

Apeldorn, Netherlands

HIC

12

Gordon Johnston

Defender

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

116

Harbir Sidhu

Midfielder

Victoria, BC

India Club

0

Iain Smythe

Forward

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Hawks

147

Iqwinder Gill

Goalkeeper

Surrey, BC

India Club

0

John Smythe

Midfielder

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Hawks

56

Keegan Pereira

Forward

Ajax, ON

HTC Uhlenhorst Ml_lheim

121

Matthew Sarmento

Forward

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

81

Oliver Scholfield

Forward

Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

18

Richard Hildreth

Midfielder

Vancouver, BC

Hampstead & Westminster HC (London, UK)

161

Scott Tupper*

Defender

Vancouver, BC

Schaerweijde (Netherlands)

258

Sukhi Panesar

Midfielder

Surrey, BC

United Brothers FHC

94

Taylor Curran

Midfielder

North Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver FHC

134

*Team Captain

       

About Field Hockey Canada
From grass roots to high performance, Field Hockey Canada is committed to developing and strengthening field hockey across the country, and to position our National Teams for podium contention at the 2018 World Cup, 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.
  

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