On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Field Hockey Canada named sixteen athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in men’s field hockey at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The Canadian men’s field hockey team qualified for the Rio 2016 Games with a fourth place finish at the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) World League Semifinal in Argentina last June. Canada defeated higher-ranked New Zealand in a quarterfinal shootout to secure the top-four finish and a spot in the Olympic Games.
Fourteen of the sixteen athletes named to Team Canada for Rio 2016 competed in that Olympic qualifier and also won a silver medal at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Two athletes on the roster, team captain Scott Tupper and veteran midfielder Mark Pearson, will be competing at the Olympic Games for the second time, after being a part of the last Canadian field hockey team that represented Canada at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The remaining fourteen, including goalkeeper Carter – who was a reserve in 2008 – are first-time Olympians.
The Canadian men’s Olympic field hockey team was named and honoured at the Olympic rings on Cypress Mountain over the Canada Day long weekend. Watch the video here.
Canada’s Olympic men host the United States in a four-game pre-Olympic tournament from July 6 to10 in West Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.
In Rio, Canada is in Pool B with Argentina, Germany, India, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The Canadian men will play each nation in its pool once in the preliminary round, with the top-four in the group moving on to the cross-over quarterfinal. Canada opens the tournament on August 6 against Germany.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.
Field Hockey Canada is the national governing body for field hockey in working to develop and strengthen field hockey across the country, and to position our National Teams for podium contention in 2016 and beyond.
The men’s field hockey team which will represent Canada at the Rio 2016 Games includes:
Brenden Bissett, New Westminister, BC – Midfielder
David Carter, Vancouver, BC – Goalkeeper
Taylor Curran, North Vancouver, BC – Midfielder
Adam Froese, Abbotsford, BC – Defender
Jagdish Gill, Toronto, ON – Defender
Matthew Guest, Vancouver, BC – Forward
Gabriel Ho-Garcia, Burnaby, BC – Midfielder
Gordon Johnston, Vancouver, BC – Defender
Benjamin Martin, Vancouver, BC – Defender
Devohn Noronha Teixeira, Mississauga, ON – Forward
Sukhpaz Panesar, Surrey, BC – Midfielder
Mark Pearson, Tsawwasssen, BC – Midfielder
Keegan Pereira, Scarborough, ON – Forward
Matthew Sarmento, Vancouver, BC – Forward
Iain Smythe, Burnaby, BC – Forward
Scott Tupper, Vancouver, BC – Defender
Coaches and Support Team:
Assistant Coach – Paul Bundy, Vancouver, BC
Head Coach – Anthony Farry, Vancouver, BC
Physiotherapist – Josh Ferguson, Vancouver, BC
Video Analyst – Paul Mounter, Vancouver, BC
Team Manager – Celia Plottel, Vancouver, BC
Team Doctor – Dr. Navin Prasad, Vancouver, BC
Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | olympic.ca