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Pereira, Short reach 300 International Caps

February 24, 2010 | Field Hockey Canada |
 Photo: PAHF / Alex Masters

300 Caps Milestone Reached by Two Canadian Field Hockey Players

March 1, 2010

Today in Delhi, in the World Cup match against New Zealand, Ken Pereira and Rob Short, two veteran players on the Men’s Canadian National Field Hockey Team, obtained their 300th International Cap.  This is an exceptional milestone reached by a limited number of players in international hockey.  Only one other Canadian, Paul “Bubli” Chohan, has ever reached this landmark.

Ken and Rob’s careers with the national team began in 1994.  Their exceptional longevity without interruption over 16 years and the exact parallel of their career make it even more symbolic that they reach 300 Caps together.

Their outstanding leadership and dedication to the game has set the bar for our Men’s National Team, and serve as strong and inspiring role models, to the squad’s developing players.  Although they have both played for over fifteen years in countless international competitions, they show no signs of slowing down and are considered two of the world’s best midfielders.  Rob was named to the 2009 International Hockey Federation All Star Team and both were named to the 2009 Pan American Elite Team.  Ken and Rob currently play for HGC in Holland.

Highlights of their career with the national team include:

  • Two Olympic Games (2000 in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing)
  • Two World Cups (1998 in Utrecht and 2010 currently played in Delhi)
  • Three Commonwealth Games (1998 in Kuala Lumpur, 2002 in Manchester and 2006 in Melbourne)
  • Four Pan American Games (1995 in Mar de Plata, 1999 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Santo Domingo and 2007 in Rio de Janeiro)
  • Three Pan American Cups (2000 in Cuba, 2004 in London, Ontario and 2009 in Santiago, Chile).


While Ken is perhaps most famous for his winning goal against Argentina in the final at the 1999 Pan American Games to earn Canada an automatic qualification for the 2000 Olympics, other memorable moments for him are:

  • Playing in front of huge crowds at the 1998 World Cup in Holland.  The team finished in 8th place, Canada’s highest ranking in an international competition.
  • Receiving tremendous support from friends and family at the opening match against Pakistan at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
  • Winning the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio in a penalty shootout to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
  • Being able to represent Canada a second time at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


Some of Rob’s most memorable moments with the Canadian National Team include:

  • Scoring 2 goals in the 1998 World Cup game in Utrecht against the favorites, Germany, in a 4-4 tie.
  • Defeating Argentina to qualify for the 2000 Olympics at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
  • Shocking the hockey community to become the 2007 gold medal winners at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro to make it to the Beijing Olympics.
  • Once again, surprising the hockey community in 2009 at the Pan American Cup in Santiago winning  gold and qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.



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