Eighteen athletes have been named to the Canadian Under-21 Men’s National Team set to compete in the Junior Men’s Pan American Championship – a 2016 Junior Men’s World Cup qualifier – from May 20th to 28th in Toronto, Canada.
The top two finishers at the tournament will earn a spot at the 2016 Junior Men’s World Cup to be played in India from December 1st-11th this year.
The Canadian team features five athletes who won a silver medal for Canada in the Under-18 field hockey competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China: Amrit Sidhu, Balraj Panesar, Brandon Pereira, Floyd Mascarenhas, and Harbir Sidhu.
In addition to being a part of the Canadian Men’s Junior Development Squad, three athletes from the Pan Am roster (A.Sidhu, Panesar, H.Sidhu) are also a part of the Senior Development Squad and have trained with Canada’s Senior National Team.
Panesar – whose older brother Sukhi is a part of the Senior National Team – has also played in three senior international matches for Canada.
Canada’s Pan Am team is coached by Inderpal Sehmbi, who coached the Under-18 men to the silver medal in China in 2014 and has overseen the training and selection process. Prior to taking over the Under-21 program for this year, he was an assistant coach for five years.
The men have been centralized in Vancouver since the beginning of February training full-time on and off the field in preparation for the Pan American Championship.
At the Junior Pan Ams, Canada plays in Pool B with Chile, Guyana, and Mexico. Canada will play each team in its pool once before a one-game quarterfinal, which takes place on May 25.
The Canadians play their first match on May 20 against Mexico at 2:30pm PT/5:30pm ET.
For Canada’s full tournament schedule and scores, click here.
Canadian Junior Men’s National Team – 2016 Junior Pan American Championship
|Amardeep Sidhu||Defender||Victoria, BC|
|Amrit Sidhu||Forward||Abbotsford, BC|
|Balraj Panesar*||Midfielder||Surrey, BC|
|Brandon Pereira*||Defender||Surrey, BC|
|Cameron Bonney||Goalkeeper||Port Coquitlam, BC|
|Fin Boothroyd||Forward||West Vancouver, BC|
|Floyd Mascarenhas||Defender||Mississauga, ON|
|Ganga Singh||Defender||Toronto, ON|
|Harbir Sidhu||Midfielder||Victoria, BC|
|Iqwinder Gill||Goalkeeper||Surrey, BC|
|Jamie Wallace||Midfielder||Vancouver, BC|
|Johnny Gill||Midfielder||Surrey, BC|
|Kabir Aujla||Forward||Surrey, BC|
|Rajan Kahlon||Defender||Vancouver, BC|
|Rohan Chopra||Forward||Ottawa, ON|
|Satbir Brar||Defender||Surrey, BC|
|Shahbaaz Dhaliwal||Forward||Surrey, BC|
|Thomson Harris||Midfielder||Vancouver, BC|
Head Coach – Inderpal Sehmbi
Assistant Coach – Geoff Matthews
Team Manager – Alisa Carey
Athletic Therapist – Jen Mark