Photo: 2015 Hockey World League Final, Raipur, India. By Yan Huckendubler.
Field Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Program has confirmed the Men’s National Team roster for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, a pre-Olympic tune-up tournament to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 6-16, 2016.
Led by team captain Scott Tupper, who is currently ranked 10th all-time in matches played for Canada with 222, the team consists of 14 of the 16 athletes who won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto last summer, helping Canada officially qualify for 2016 Olympics.
The remaining four athletes on the eighteen-man roster (Jagdish Gill, Richard Hildreth, Antoni Kindler, and Keegan Pereira) all represented Canada at the 2015 Hockey World League Final in India last December.
This year’s Azlan Shah Cup is the twenty-fifth edition of tournament hosted by the Malaysian Hockey Federation. The seven-team tournament will feature four of the twelve teams headed to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil this August.
Canada, which is currently ranked fourteenth in the world, is one of the teams headed the Olympics and will be joined in Malaysia by fellow Olympic qualifiers Australia (World No.1), India (World No.7), and New Zealand (World No.8).
The tournament line-up is rounded out by Pakistan (World No.10), host Malaysia (World No.13), and Japan (World No.16).
Canada opens the tournament on April 6, 2016 at 4:05pm local time against Pakistan.
For Canada’s full schedule, results, and game recaps click here.
|Adam Froese||Defender||Abbotsford, BC||126|
|Antoni Kindler||Goalkeeper||Vancouver, BC||57|
|Benjamin Martin||Defender||Vancouver, BC||84|
|Brenden Bissett||Forward||New Westminster, BC||42|
|David Carter||Goalkeeper||Vancouver, BC||122|
|Devohn Noronha-Teixeira||Forward||Mississauga, ON||61|
|Gabriel Ho-Garcia||Forward||Burnaby, BC||69|
|Gordon Johnston||Defender||Vancouver, BC||80|
|Iain Smythe||Forward||Vancouver, BC||111|
|Jagdish Gill||Defender||Toronto, ON||46|
|Keegan Pereira||Forward||Ajax, ON||85|
|Mark Pearson||Midfielder||Tsawwassen, BC||187|
|Matthew Guest||Forward||Calgary, AB||107|
|Matthew Sarmento||Forward||Vancouver, BC||46|
|Richard Hildreth||Defender||Vancouver, BC||138|
|Scott Tupper*||Defender||Vancouver, BC||222|
|Sukhi Panesar||Midfielder||Surrey, BC||58|
|Taylor Curran||Midfielder||North Vancouver, BC||99|
Head Coach – Anthony Farry
Assistant Coach – Paul Bundy
Team Manager – Geoff Matthews
Video Analyst – Greg Drake
Physiotherapist – Josh Ferguson
Communication Manager – Shaheed Devji