Canada opens the 2016 Azlan Shah Cup on Wednesday in Ipoh, Malaysia. Here is a preview of the team and tournament in the form of of key numbers.
1 – Games Taylor Curran needs to reach 100 senior international matches played for Canada
1 – Highest world ranking of teams playing at the 2016 Azlan Shah Cup (Australia)
3 – Games Scott Tupper needs to pass Patrick Burrows and take sole possession of 9th in all-time men’s games played for Canada with 225
4 – Canada’s best finish at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (in 1998)
4 – Teams at the Azlan Shah Cup who are going to the 2016 Olympics (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India)
4 – Times David Carter and Scott Tupper have participated in the Azlan Shah Cup.
4 – Games Jagdish Gill and Matthew Sarmento need to reach 50 senior international matches played for Canada
5 – Where Canada placed at the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
6 – Minimum number of games Canada will play at the tournament (6 round robin games; 1 against each team)
7 – Maximum number of games Canada will play at the tournament (if they place in the top six after round robin play, they will play in the placing round)
7 – Games Scott Tupper needs to play to pass Chris Gifford and take sole possession of 8th in all-time men’s games played for Canada with 229
8 – Of the 25 editions of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (including 2016), Canada has participated in eight tournaments
13 – Players on Canada’s 2016 Azlan Shah Cup roster who played at last year’s tournament
14 – Canada’s world ranking heading in to the 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
16 – Lowest world ranking of teams playing at the 2016 Azlan Shah Cup (Japan)
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