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Canada name men’s Commonwealth Games hockey team

OTTAWA – Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada today announced the 16 athletes who will represent Canada at the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India this October.
The field hockey competition is traditionally strong at the Commonwealth Games. Seven of the ten men’s teams that qualified for Delhi also competed at this year’s World Cup.

OTTAWA – Field Hockey Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada today announced the 16 athletes who will represent Canada at the XIXth Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India this October.
The field hockey competition is traditionally strong at the Commonwealth Games. Seven of the ten men’s teams that qualified for Delhi also competed at this year’s World Cup.
“We have had significant turnover in our men’s national team since the World Cup in March with five retiring players,” said Hari Kant, Men’s High Performance Director for Field Hockey Canada. “We also have new leadership with Robin D’Abreo being named the Head Coach. The Commonwealth Games field includes many of the top 12 teams in the world and will provide our younger players a perfect opportunity to perform against quality opposition and gain valuable experience towards our qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games.”
The Canadian men’s team, which has climbed into the top ten in the recently released world rankings, will be led by two-time Olympians Ken Pereira (Unionville, ON) and Rob Short (Tsawwassen, BC), both of whom are heading into their forth Commonwealth Games. The two veterans, playing professionally on the same club team in Holland, have also represented Canada in four Pan American Games, and will be heading back to India six months after the World Cup in Delhi.
“I love to compete at the Commonwealth Games,” said Canadian Captain Ken Pereira. “These will be my 4th ones, and to play in India, which is part of my family background, will be special. There are some excellent teams competing in Delhi and it will be a chance for our young team to gain experience of top level competition.”
Men’s Team:
Adam Froese Abbotsford, BC
David Carter Vancouver, BC
Matthew Guest Vancouver, BC
Richard Hildreth Vancouver, BC
David Jameson Vancouver, BC
Antoni Kindler Vancouver, BC
Mark Pearson Vancouver, BC
Keegan Pereira Ajax, ON
Ken Pereira Unionville, ON
Rob Short Tsawwassen, BC
Iain Smythe Vancouver, BC
Hudson Stewart Vancouver, BC
Sukhwinder (Gabbar) Singh Surrey, BC
Scott Tupper Vancouver, BC
Jesse Watson North Vancouver, BC
Philip Wright Vancouver, BC

Coach: Robin D’Abreo Vancouver, BC
Assistant Coach: TBD

Manager: Andrew Schouten Vancouver, BC
Video Technician: Indy Sehmbi Vancouver, BC

The Canadian men’s team will open the competition on Tuesday, October 5, against South Africa before playing against England, Trinidad & Tobago, and New Zealand to wrap up the pool round.

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