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Canadian team named for Men’s World League Semi-Final in London

PHOTO: Canada’s men celebrate a shootout win over New Zealand at the 2015 World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The win eventually secured Canada’s spot at the 2016 Olympic Games. (Credit: FIH)

May 17, 2017 | Shaheed Devji |

Eighteen men have been named to the Canadian men’s field hockey team that will compete at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England from June 15-26, 2017.

The Canadian team features 17 players who competed in World League Round 2 in Trinidad and Tobago, where Canada finished second this April.

The eighteenth player on the World League Semi-Final team is Floris van Son, who was injured during World League Round 2, and has been playing his club hockey in the Netherlands.

The team also features 12 players who represented Canada the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, including captain Scott Tupper, veteran midfielder Mark Pearson, and goalkeeper David Carter.

The London World League Semi-Final is a ten-team tournament where the top five finishers of the competition will join host India, the top five teams from the Johannesburg, South Africa World League Semi-Final, and the winners of the various Continental Championships, as the 16 teams for the 2018 Men’s World Cup in India.

Canada – currently ranked 11th in the world – enters the tournament as the 7th ranked team and is grouped in Pool B with the Netherlands (4), India (6), Pakistan (13), and Scotland (23).

The Canadians open pool play against Pakistan on June 16th at 6:00pm local time. Canada’s full World League Semi-Final schedule and latest results can be found here.

The last time Canada competed at the World League Semi-Final was in 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Canadians all but guaranteed their spot at the 2016 Olympic Games by finishing fourth on the shoulders of a memorable shootout victory in the tournament quarterfinal against New Zealand.

WATCH – Canada vs New Zealand – 2015 World League Semi-Final Highlights: 

Thirteen of the 18 players headed to London in June were took part in the historic game which featured 15 shots in the shootout. Canadian keeper David Carter was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

Prior to the World League Semi-Final in London, the Canadian men will travel to France to play three exhibition matches.

Men’s National Team – 2017 World League Semi-Final

Adam FroeseDefenderAbbotsford, BCIndia Field Hockey Club151
Antoni KindlerGoalkeeperVancouver, BCWest Vancouver FHC67
Balraj PanesarMidfielderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC9
Brandon PereiraDefenderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC6
Brenden BissettMidfielderNew Westminster, BCUVIC70
David CarterGoalkeeperVancouver, BCUnited Brothers FHC144
Floris van SonForwardApeldorn, NetherlandsHIC6
Gabriel Ho-GarciaForwardBurnaby, BCBurnaby Lakers98
Gordon JohnstonDefenderVancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia109
Iain SmytheForwardVancouver, BCVancouver Hawks140
James KirkpatrickForwardVictoria, BCWest Vancouver FHC40
John SmytheMidfielderVancouver, BCVancouver Hawks49
Keegan PereiraForwardAjax, ONHTC Uhlenhorst MÌ_lheim114
Mark PearsonMidfielderTsawwassen, BCWest Vancouver FHC216
Matthew SarmentoForwardVancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia74
Scott TupperDefenderVancouver, BCSchaerweijde (Netherlands)251
Sukhi PanesarMidfielderSurrey, BCUnited Brothers FHC87
Taylor CurranMidfielderNorth Vancouver, BCWest Vancouver FHC127