Canada’s Men’s Team Kicks Off World League in Czech Republic

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June 15, 2016: Canada begins its FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League matches this weekend in Czech Republic. Coming off the team’s successful Olympic qualification bid less than two weeks ago, Canada will face China – a team it defeated for a spot in Rio – this Friday. This will be followed by Egypt on Saturday and host Czech Republic on Sunday.

Next weekend (June 24 to 26) Canada will be in Saskatoon, Sask., at the SaskTel Centre to again face China, along with Korea and Egypt (please note that the Canadian roster for Saskatoon will be released next week). 

As in previous Olympic years, 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League is a shortened version of the competition to accommodate teams taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Intercontinental Round sees three different venues hosting matches over each of the three weeks of play.


Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.  Matches will be live streamed in Canada on – check local listings for times in your area.

  • June 17, 7.00pm: China vs Canada (local time = 1 pm Eastern)
  • June 18, 3.10pm: Canada vs Egypt (9 am Eastern)
  • June 19, 6.00pm: Canada vs Czech Republic (Noon Eastern)


Canadian Roster:

TJ Sanders, London, ON
Jay Blankenau, Sherwood Park, AB
Rudy Verhoeff, Calgary, AB
Justin Duff, Winnipeg, MB
Adam Simac, Ottawa, ON
Toon Van Lankvelt, Rivers, MB
Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, Langley, BC
Fred Winters, Victoria, BC
Blair Bann, Edmonton, AB
Graham Vigrass, Calgary, AB
Stephen Maar, Aurora, ON
Steven Marshall, Abbotsford, BC
Brett Walsh, Calgary, AB
Staff :

Julien Boucher – Team Manager
Larry McKay – Acting Head Coach 
Vincent Pichette – Asst. Coach 
Murat Haktanir – Statistician 
Jean-Sebastien Hartell – Therapist

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