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Men’s National Team named for 2017 Pan American Cup in Lancaster, USA

The Men’s National Team singing the Canadian anthem before their 6-0 win over Pakistan at the World League Semi Finals in London, England (June, 2017).

PHOTO: Yan Huckendubler

July 17, 2017 | Kori Sidaway | fieldhockey.ca

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 (Froese, Kindler, Ho-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

NamePositionHometownClubCaps
Balraj PanesarMidfielderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC18
Brad LoganDefenderPietermaritzburg, South AfricaOxted Club 0
Brandon PereiraDefenderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC13
Brenden BissettMidfielderNew Westminster, BCUVIC77
David CarterGoalkeeperVancouver, BCUnited Brothers FHC149
Floris van SonForwardApeldorn, NetherlandsHIC12
Gordon JohnstonDefenderVancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia116
Harbir SidhuMidfielderVictoria, BCIndia Club0
Iain SmytheForwardVancouver, BCVancouver Hawks147
Iqwinder GillGoalkeeperSurrey, BCIndia Club0
John SmytheMidfielderVancouver, BCVancouver Hawks56
Keegan PereiraForwardAjax, ONHTC Uhlenhorst Ml_lheim121
Matthew SarmentoForwardVancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia81
Oliver ScholfieldForwardVancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia18
Richard HildrethMidfielderVancouver, BCHampstead & Westminster HC (London, UK)161
Scott Tupper*DefenderVancouver, BCSchaerweijde (Netherlands)258
Sukhi PanesarMidfielderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC94
Taylor CurranMidfielderNorth Vancouver, BCWest Vancouver FHC134
*Team Captain