Fourteen current and former T-Birds on tour with Canada


VANCOUVER – A total of 14 UBC Thunderbird athletes and alumni are representing Canada’s senior men’s field hockey team on its current six-match tour of Chile, which finishes January 25.
“The number of UBC athletes representing Canada in the international competition with the national team is impressive,” said UBC head coach Shiaz Virjee. “The UBC men’s field hockey program continues to make a strong contribution with its hugely successful development program. The program provides tremendous opportunities for athletes to develop skills and tactical awareness that enable them to make an impact with the national team.”
The four current athletes on the squad are forward Matthew Sarmento (Vancouver), midfielder Oliver Scholfield (Jersey, United Kingdom), defender/midfielder Arif Virjee (Vancouver) and defender Paul Wharton (Vancouver).
Defender and Canadian captain Scott Tupper (Vancouver) leads the alumni contingent, which consists of 10 players in total.
Along with Tupper, the other former T-Birds on Team Canada are: goalkeeper David Carter (Vancouver), midfielder Taylor Curran (North Vancouver), defender Richard Hildreth (Vancouver), midfielder David Jameson, defender Gordon Johnston (Vancouver), goalkeeper Antoni Kindler (Vancouver), midfielder Mark Pearson (Delta), midfielder John Smythe (Vancouver), midfielder Hudson Stewart (Vancouver).
Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds will continue in league play without the national team players. UBC’s next game is Saturday, January 24 on Vancouver Island against the Victoria Vikes. The start is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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