Tuesday, November 28, 2023

USA name men’s hockey squad ahead of busy 2023

USA coach Harendra Singh has named his roster of players as the men’s squad prepares for the 2023 Olympic qualifiers next year.

More than 44 athletes attended the Pennsylvania and California trials in August and September after a quiet year on the international front for the US teams.

“Covid really kicked the momentum out of the team,” said Mo Gandhi, who is with Hampstead & Westminster. “Harendra is a great coach but we don’t really have the budget to do more than a couple of weeks of training per year.

“This year has been quiet until next year when it’s the Olympic qualification cycle.”

December is when the indoor season kicks off, with the US having qualified for the World Cup in South Africa in February.

 “Based on the individual performance, a large pool of players was selected to provide depth to the team,” added Singh. “Next year is a very busy calendar for us, including the most important event, the Pan American Games, which will be the qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“Keeping Paris 2024 in mind, we want to see healthy competition and an environment within the squad which can challenge and motivate each athlete to achieve our team goals. Our team’s success is not dependent upon a few top performers, but on every team member to own a piece of the process and get things done.”

 USA men’s team

Michael Barminski (Ventura, Calif.), Sekayi Charasika (Louisville, Ky.),Gerald Cutone (Middleton, Mass.), Christian DeAngelis (Doylestown, Pa.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Calif.), Mohan Gandhi (Great Britain), Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), MehtabGrewal (Somis, Calif.), Pat Harris (Moorpark, Calif.), Hamzah Hashmi (Granada Hills, Calif.), Liam Hawley (Ventura, Calif.), Jack Heldens (Hamburg, Germany), Vincent Heller (Stuttgart, Germany), Will Holt (Camarillo, Calif.), Simón Homedes Dualde (Portland, Ore.), Aki Kaeppeler (New York City, N.Y.), Kei Kaeppeler (Stuttgart, Germany),Wyatt Katz (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.), JaJa Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.), Amar Khokhar (Valencia, Calif.), Jonathan Klages (Berlin, Germany), Kai Kokolakis (Wiesbaden, Germany), Ranveer Kundi (Glendora, Calif.), Marius Leser (Mannheim, Germany), Michael Mendoza (Monument, Colo.), Adam Miller (Panama City, Fla.), Alberto Montilla (Allen, Texas), Henzor Motta (San Juan, Puerto Rico), JohnnyOrozco (Ventura, Calif.), Finlay Quaile (Castle Cary, United Kingdom), Dean Schiller (Alexandria, Va.), Jatin Sharma (South San Francisco, Calif.), Amarpreet Sidhu (San Jose, Calif.), Amar Singh (Santa Clara, Calif.), Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Calif.), Jaiveer Singh (Hayward, Calif.), Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Calif.)

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