Field Hockey Canada names Pan Am Games teams

Burnaby and New Westminster both represented on men's national team to the Toronto Games

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Field Hockey Canada announced the 16 men and 16 women selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26 in Toronto.

The Pan American Games field hockey competition, which will be held at the new Pan Am Fields at the University of Toronto, serves as an official Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament, with both the men’s and women’s winners earning a spot at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next summer.

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The men’s national team, currently ranked 15th in the world, will enter the tournament as the second-ranked team, behind only world No. 6 Argentina. The Canadian men begin competition on July 14 against Brazil.

Brenden Bissett
Brenden Bissett of New Westminster was named to the men's national field hockey team for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. - courtesy Field Hockey Canada

The Women’s national team, currently 20th in the field hockey world rankings, enters the tournament as the third-ranked team, behind world No. 3 Argentina and fifth-ranked United States. The Canadian women begin competition on July 13 against the Dominican Republic.

On the men’s side, Canada and Argentina have met in the last ten Pan Am Games finals, with Argentina winning in 2011 and Canada taking gold in 2007. The Canadian women last reached the podium at Winnipeg 1999, the last time the Pan American Games were held in Canada.

Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Toronto Games. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.

“Both our men’s and women’s teams are ranked highly against other Pan Am countries, putting them in a strong position heading into these Games,” said Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee in a Field Hockey Canada press release.

"Our guys have worked extremely hard to prepare for the Pan American Games. Contending for a major title on our own turf will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sport to our home fans and to continue to prepare for our ultimate goal of competing at the Olympic Games," said men’s national team head coach Anthony Farry in the release.

“We’ve played a number of the top teams in the world over the last two years. Now, it’s the last opportunity we have to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. The team we’ve picked represents the best sixteen players in the country at this time for us to achieve that goal,” added women’s national team head coach Ian Rutledge.

"It will be a big honour to play in front of a home crowd in Toronto. We rarely get to play major events with a grandstand full of Canadians, and I'm sure that support will help drive our performance throughout the tournament," said men’s team captain Scott Tupper.

 “To play for Canada on home soil is something I have been looking forward to ever since Toronto was named as host for the 2015 Pan American Games. Wearing the maple leaf on your chest and representing your country is an indescribable feeling of pride,” said Kate Gillis, captain of the women’s national team, “it will be an unforgettable experience.” 

The field hockey teams which will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games include:

Men’s National Team:

First

Last

Position

Hometown

Caps

Brenden

Bissett

Forward

New Westminster

29

David

Carter

Goalkeeper

Vancouver

111

Taylor

Curran

Midfielder

Vancouver

91

Adam

Froese

Defender

Abbotsford

113

Matthew

Guest

Forward

Vancouver

96

Gabriel

Ho-Garcia

Forward

Burnaby

56

David

Jameson

Midfielder

Vancouver

225

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon

Johnston

Defender

 

Vancouver

 

67

 

 

 

 

 

Ben

Martin

Midfielder

Vancouver

77

Devohn

Noronha-Teixeira

Forward

Mississauga, Ont.

48

Sukhi

Panesar

Midfielder

Surrey

45

Mark

Pearson

Midfielder

Tsawwassen

176

Matthew

Sarmento

Forward

Vancouver

38

Iain

Smythe

Forward

Vancouver

104

Scott

Tupper*

Defender

Vancouver

209

Paul

Wharton

Midfielder

Vancouver

47

 *Captain

 

Coaching and Support Staff:

Position

First

Last

Hometown

Assistant Coach

Paul

Bundy

Vancouver

Head Coach

Anthony

Farry

Canberra, Australia

Physiotherapist

Joshua

Ferguson

Melbourne, Australia

Performance Analyst

Paul

Mounter

Vancouver

Sports Psychologist

Dr. Bruce

Pinel

Victoria

Team Manager

Celia

Plottel

Vancouver

Team Doctor

Dr. Navin

Prasad

Vancouver

  

Women’s National Team:

First

Last

Position

Hometown

Caps

Thea

Culley*

Forward

Rossland, B.C.

127

Kate

Gillis**

Midfielder

Kingston, Ont.

124

Hannah

Haughn

Forward

North Vancouver

83

Danielle

Hennig*

Defender

Kelowna

88

Karli

Johansen

Defender

North Vancouver

37

Shanlee

Johnston

Defender

Vancouver

20

Sara

McManus

Defender

Tsawwassen

77

Stephanie

Norlander

Forward

North Vancouver

17

Abigail

Raye

Defender

Kelowna

124

Maddie

Secco

Midfielder

Victoria

51

Natalie

Sourisseau

Midfielder

Kelowna

67

Brienne

Stairs

Forward

Kitchener, ON

69

Holly

Stewart

Forward

North Vancouver

29

Alex

Thicke

Midfielder

North Vancouver

8

Kaitlyn

Williams

Goalkeeper

Surrey

56

Amanda

Woodcroft

Midfielder

Waterloo, Ont.

20

*Vice-Captain

**Captain

 

Coaching and Support Staff:

Position

First

Last

Hometown

Assistant Coach

Stephanie

Andrews

Perth, Australia

Athletic Therapist

Michelle

Meckling

Kelowna

Team Doctor

Dr. Navin

Prasad

Vancouver

Head Coach

Ian

Rutledge

Orange, Australia

Video Analyst

Stefanie

Sloboda

Winnipeg, Man.

Team Manager

Carrie

Trumpy

Victoria

Physiotherapist

Elliot

Usher

Vancouver

 Prior to being named to the final Canadian Pan American Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations towards the end of June 2015.

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