(ISN) – Vancouver, BC – Field Hockey Canada is proud to announce the Phase 1 inductees of its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Four extraordinary ambassadors of Canadian field hockey will be inducted into the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame in a ceremony on November 12, 2014.
After receiving and examining nominations of forty-seven highly qualified individuals, Harry Warren, Nancy Mollenhauer, Paul Chohan, and Sumesh Putra have been selected for induction based on their extensive and accomplished careers within the sport. Each has had a profound impact on field hockey in Canada.
Harry Warren – Pioneer
Widely regarded as the father of Canadian field hockey, Harry Warren paved the way for Canadian field hockey players to compete amongst the world’s elite. In 1964, as President of the Canadian Field Hockey Association he was responsible for field hockey being recognized by the Canadian Olympic Association as an Olympic sport. Harry’s passion and persistence resulted in generations of Canadian field hockey players having competed and continuing to compete on the world’s biggest stage: the Olympics Games.
Nancy Mollenhauer (nee Charlton) – Athlete
A member of the Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey dynasty team of the eighties, Nancy Mollenhauer was an integral part Canada’s ongoing international success. She competed in two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988), two World Cups (1983 and 1986), and a Pan-American Games (1987), at which she was named Canada’s flag bearer. Nancy won a silver and bronze medal at the 1983 and 1986 World Cups respectively.
Paul “Bubli” Chohan – Athlete
One of Canada’s most capped international field hockey players, with 317 caps, Paul “Bubli” Chohan was a staple in major international competition throughout his lengthy career. Paul competed in three Olympic Games (1976, 1984, and 1988), three World Cups (1976, 1986, 1990), and six Pan-American Games (1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995). In these competitions, Paul was an essential part of a contingent that won two Pan-American gold and four silver medals, he also served as the Canadian flag bearer at the ’95 Pan-Am Games.
Sumesh Putra – Builder
A key to the growth and stability of field hockey in Canada, and a linchpin on the international scene, Sumesh Putra has enjoyed a distinguished career as an official in which he stood for over 100 international matches, including assignments in every major international field hockey tournament: at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, the Pan-American Games, the Commonwealth Games and the prestigious Champions Trophy.
The Phase 1 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at an invite only ceremony in front of family, friends, and multiple generations of Canadian field hockey players on November 12, 2014 in Vancouver.
Phase 2 inductees of the inaugural Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 12, 2015, with a second induction event to be held in conjunction with the Pan American Games in Toronto in the summer of 2015.
The creation of the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame along with its accompanying events could not be possible without the continued support from our partners at the Canadian Olympic Committee.