Field Hockey Canada and the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Program have named the Senior Men’s National Team and Development Squad rosters for the 2016 competition year.
In total, thirty-nine athletes from across the country and with a wide range of experience have been named to the two squads.
The National Team roster comprises of twenty-five players from which the majority of competition teams in the year ahead will be selected. All sixteen men who represented Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where Canada won silver, are on the National Team.
Veterans Scott Tupper (Vancouver, BC), Mark Pearson (Tsawwassen, BC), Philip Wright (Vancouver, BC), Dave Jameson (Vancouver, BC), Richard Hildreth (Vancouver, BC), and Iain Smythe (Vancouver, BC) lead the way in terms of experience, with a combined 1,013 senior international matches played between them.
Rising stars Adam Froese (Abbotsford, BC), Gabriel Ho-Garcia (Burnaby, BC), Devohn Noronha-Teixeira (Mississauga, ON), and Paul Wharton (Vancouver, BC) give the team an infusion of youth, while keepers David Carter (Vancouver, BC) and Antoni Kindler (Vancouver, BC) bring a wealth of experience between the pipes.
The Senior Development Squad is made up of a mix of veteran and young athletes, with junior standouts Amrit Sidhu and Balraj Panesar cracking the squad.
Canada’s men have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August. The majority – if not all – the athletes who will make up Canada’s field hockey team at the competition will be chosen from the athletes named to the rosters below.
In the nine months leading up to Rio, the Canadians have a full schedule of competition in preparation for the Games. First up, the men will compete at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League Final from November 27-December 6 in Rajpur, India.
2015-16 Canadian Men’s Senior National Team
|Adam Froese||Defender||Abbotsford, BC||119|
|Antoni Kindler||Goalkeeper||Vancouver, BC||52|
|Ben Martin||Defender||Vancouver, BC||83|
|Brenden Bissett||Forward||New Westminster, BC||35|
|David Carter||Goalkeeper||Vancouver, BC||117|
|David Jameson||Defender||Vancouver, BC||231|
|Devohn Noronha-Teixeira||Forward||Mississauga, ON||54|
|Gabriel Ho-Garcia||Forward||Burnaby, BC||62|
|Gordon Johnston||Defender||Vancouver, BC||73|
|Hudson Stewart||Defender||Vancouver, BC||82|
|Iain Smythe||Midfield||Vancouver, BC||110|
|Jagdish Gill||Midfield||Toronto, ON||41|
|James Kirkpatrick||Forward||Victoria, BC||28|
|John Smythe||Forward||Vancouver, BC||29|
|Keegan Pereira||Forward||Ajax, ON||83|
|Mark Pearson||Midfield||Tsawwassen, BC||182|
|Matthew Guest||Forward||Calgary, AB||102|
|Matthew Sarmento||Forward||Vancouver, BC||44|
|Paul Wharton||Midfield||Vancouver, BC||53|
|Philip Wright||Midfield||Vancouver, BC||143|
|Richard Hildreth||Defender||Vancouver, BC||132|
|Scott Tupper||Defender||Vancouver, BC||215|
|Stephen Bissett||Forward||New Westminster, BC||7|
|Sukhi Panesar||Midfield||Surrey, BC||51|
|Taylor Curran||Midfield||Vancouver, BC||97|
2015-16 Canadian Men’s Senior Development Squad
|Adrien d’Andrade||Defender||Coquitlam, BC||4|
|Amrit Sidhu||Forward||Abbotsford, BC|
|Arif Virjee||Midfield||Vancouver, BC||7|
|Balraj Panesar||Midfield||Surrey, BC|
|Harbir Sidhu||Forward||Victoria, BC|
|Harp Virdi||Forward||Vancouver, BC||6|
|Josh Brown||Forward||Victoria, BC|
|Justin Dhaliwal||Forward||Surrey, BC|
|Leo Bannister||Midfield||Hamburg, GER||10|
|Manvir Kingra||Defender||Surrey, BC||4|
|Oliver Scholfield||Forward||Vancouver, BC||16|
|Sunny Ajula||Defender||Surrey, BC||4|
|Tristan Burgoyne||Goalkeeper||Vancouver, BC|
|Vikram Sandhu||Forward||Vancouver, BC|