(ISN) – Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Program confirmed its 2015 Men’s National Team (MNT) and Senior Development Squad (SDS) rosters on Monday.
The National Team consists of twenty-two athletes who are considered ready for International competition and who will help guide Canada through various competitions in 2015 and the pursuit of 2016 Olympic qualification.
The National Team is led by twenty-seven year-old veteran Scott Tupper (Vancouver, B.C.) who returns as team captain. Veteran defender David Jameson (Vancouver, BC) leads the team international games played with 203. At twenty years-old, Sukhi Panesar (Surrey, BC) is the youngest on the roster.
Sixteen athletes have been named to the Senior Development Squad, which is reserved for players who are considered close to breaking through to the MNT and are continually making progress towards Senior International competition.
The men are entering a year of competition during which qualification for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, Brazil is up for grabs through two qualification pathways. The first being the World League tournament, the second being the Pan American Games, which Canada hosts in Toronto in the summer of 2015.
In preparation for these two tournaments, the MNT will take part in many test tournaments throughout the year, for which – as will be done for World League and the Pan Am Games – specific touring rosters will be named.
2015 Men’s National Team
Name Position Hometown
Adam Froese Defender Abbotsford, BC
Antoni Kindler Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC
Ben Martin Defender Vancouver, BC
David Carter Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC
David Jameson Defender Vancouver, BC
Gabriel Ho-Garcia Forward Burnaby, BC
Gordon Johnston Defender Vancouver, BC
Hudson Stewart Midfield Vancouver, BC
Iain Smythe Forward Vancouver, BC
Jagdish Gill Defender Toronto, ON
James Kirkpatrick Forward Victoria, BC
John Smythe Midfield Vancouver, BC
Keegan Pereira Midfield Ajax, ON
Mark Pearson Midfield Tsawwassen, BC
Matthew Guest Forward Calgary, AB
Matthew Sarmento Forward Vancouver, BC
Paul Wharton Defender Vancouver, BC
Philip Wright Forward Vancouver, BC
Richard Hildreth Forward Vancouver, BC
Scott Tupper Defender Vancouver, BC
Sukhi Panesar Midfield Surrey, BC
Taylor Curran Midfield North Vancouver, BC
2015 Senior Development Squad
Name Position Hometown
Adrien d’Andrade Defender Coquitlam, BC
Arif Virjee Defender Vancouver, BC
Balraj Panesar Midfield Surrey, BC
Brandon Barber Forward Toronto, ON
Brandon Pereira Defender Surrey, BC
Brenden Bissett Forward New Westminster, BC
Devohn Teixera Forward Mississauga, ON
Harp Virdi Forward Vancouver, BC
Kevin Periera Goalkeeper Ajax, ON
Leo Bannister Midfield Vancouver, BC
Manvir Kingra Defender Surrey, BC
Oliver Scholfield Forward Vancouver, BC
Rogier Trip Defender Wassenaar, NED
Sunny Aujla Defender Surrey, BC
Tristan Burgoyne Goalkeeper Vancouver, BC
Vikram Sandhu Forward Vancouver, BC