Three Vikes earn Canadian Men’s National Team selections for field hockey

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Bissett, Sidhu and Brown among the 39 selected for Canadian senior and development squads

By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – Three members of the Vikes men’s field hockey team have been named to the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team and Development Squad rosters ahead of a busy 2016 for Field Hockey Canada in lead up to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Fifth-year Vike Brenden Bisset has been named to the senior squad while first-year Vikes Harbir Sidhuand Josh Brown cracked the development roster. Bisset already has 35 caps under his belt with the senior men’s side while Sidhu was part of the Canadian U-18 Men’s Field Hockey Team that won the silver medal at last year’s Youth Olympics in China.

“Brenden has grown a lot over his five years with the Vikes, and the Vikes program has grown a lot because of him as well,” said Vikes men’s field hockey head coach Kevin Laidman of his veteran. “It’s a very exciting time for all of them. You can’t replicate that sort of experience and it will benefit the other guys on the team greatly.”

In total, thirty-nine athletes from across the country and with a wide range of experience have been named to the two squads.

The National Team roster comprises of twenty-five players from which the majority of competition teams in the year ahead will be selected. All sixteen men who represented Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, where Canada won silver, are on the National Team.

Canada’s men have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August. The majority – if not all – the athletes who will make up Canada’s field hockey team at the competition will be chosen from the athletes named to the rosters below. 

In the nine months leading up to Rio, the Canadians have a full schedule of competition in preparation for the Games. First up, the men will compete at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey World League Final from November 27-December 6 in Rajpur, India.