12. FHC

May 28,2014 (ISN) – Vancouver, BC – Field Hockey Canada is sending its Senior Development Squad to Mexico for a test series versus Mexico and Cuba to be held in Mexico City from June 3 to June 8, 2014.

Sixteen athletes have been named to the touring roster, the majority of whom are part of the Field Hockey Canada Men’s Senior Development Squad (SDS) and Junior Developments Squad (JDS).

“These types of competitions are invaluable to the long term success of our program,” says Canadian Men’s National Program Head Coach Anthony Farry.

“We are getting more and more athletes international exposure. This is critical for not only the success of our senior group but also the underpinning programs, as it shows the athletes coming through that there are opportunities and pathways to play international matches.”

With the majority of the Men’s National Team athletes currently training for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland this July, the Mexico three-nations series is an opportunity for the Development Squads to earn extremely valuable international experience.

“We are looking to expose some of our JDS athletes to senior level hockey while also continuing to give athletes in our Men’s National Team and SDS the chance to push for Commonwealth Games selection,” adds Farry. “With the mix of ages it will be a great test, especially playing a side like Cuba who will be very physically strong.”

The Canadian roster is led by twenty-two year-old Keegan Pereira (Ajax, Ont.), who has been capped internationally seventy-eight times. Vancouver’s John Smythe and James Kirkpatrick, who have appeared in ten international caps each, also add to the team’s experience.

Canada will open the series on June 3 versus Mexico A.

Tour Roster

Name

Position

Hometown

Sunny

Aujla

Defender

Surrey, BC

Josh

Brown

Forward

Victoria, BC

Tristan

Burgoyne

Goalkeeper

Vancouver, BC

Arshjot

Buttar

Defender

Victoria, BC

Rohan

Chopra

Forward

Ottawa, ONT

Adrien

D’andrade

Defender

Coquitlam, BC

Oliver

Ewasechko

Mid/Fwd

Calgary, ALB

Manvir

Kingra

Defender

Surrey, BC

James

Kirkpatrick

Forward

Victoria, BC

Jannu

Mahal

Mid/Fwd

Surrey, BC

Balraj

Panesar

Mid/Def

Surrey, BC

Keegan

Pereira

Midfield

Ajax, ON

Matthew

Sarmento

Forward

Vancouver, BC

Arshjit (Amrit)

Sidhu

Mid/Fwd

Abbotsford, BC

John

Smythe

Mid/Def

Vancouver, BC

Harp

Virdi

Mid/Fwd

Vancouver, BC

Tour Staff

Head Coach – Geoff Matthew

Team Manager – Preet Sidhu

Jennifer Mark – Athletic Therapist

Videographer – Kim Ewasechko

Schedule

June 3 – vs Mexico A

June 4 – vs Cuba

June 5 – vs Mexico B

June 7 – Semi-Final

June 8 – Final

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