Sport Canada defines ‘Next Gen’ as athletes who are 5-8 years away from an Olympic/World Cup podium. The Field Hockey Canada Men’s Next Gen national program is a collection of young athletes from across the country. These players train and compete in their regional training centres located in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. It is from this athlete pool that coaches draw for Junior and Youth international competitions. The Next Gen pathway also serves as the development pipeline for the senior Men’s National Team.
As we move into 2022, there will be a few changes in the structure and composition of our Next Gen Programming. Further details here (Next Gen Information)
The Next Gen Program at Field Hockey Canada is to identify athletes that are 4-8 years away from making significant contributions to Senior National Team performance. Starting in January 2022, The Next Gen Structure will be categorized into three tiers of athletes (1,2,3). Athletes will be available for identification and selection into the Next Gen program at 16 years old.
A tiered Next Gen System is aimed at providing clarity within the athlete pathway, and providing a step by step approach to reach the senior team. A breakdown of the tiered approach and what falls within it are below. The tiered Next Gen system also provides coaches a breakdown of the 4-8 years away from significant National Team makeup.
Please see the Men’s Tiered Next Gen lists here – 2022 Men’s Next Gen List
After placing fourth at the 2021 Junior Pan American Championship, Team Canada has earned a place in the Junior World Cup, taking place in Bhubaneswar, November 24-December 5. The FIH officially announced its 16-team lineup for the Men’s Junior World Cup this week. Canada joins Pan American rivals Argentina, Chile and USA in the draw. Europe has the most representation with their top five junior teams — Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
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Inderpal Sehmbi – Head Coach
Geoff Matthews – Assistant Coach
Richard Hildreth – Assistant Coach