The groundwork is laid, the foundation in place. Now, it’s time for Canada’s men’s field hockey team to start gearing up for their sixith World Cup appearence.
At the Hockey World League Semifinal 2017 in London, the Red Caribou came from behind to beat India 3-2 in the fifth-place match. With that stunning victory, Canada qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Head coach Paul Bundy, says he knew they had the talent to pull it off.
“We’re ranked 11th in the world and we’ve always known we have the potential to upset top-seeded teams,” said Bundy. “It’s just that we need to have a little bit of luck and we need to play our game plan.”
Bundy joined the team as an assistant following the 2012 Summer Olympics with head coach Anthony Farry. Farry left three months ago to lead the Japanese women’s squad, leaving Bundy in charge of the Canadian men.
“At the moment we have quite a talented group but they’re also very, very committed and very, very hard-working and now they’re maturing,” said Bundy.
At Rio, the Red Caribou finished with one draw and four losses to place last in Group B. Bundy insists the learning experience was all part of the plan.
“We knew that we were gonna target a lot of younger guys and expose them to a lot of competition early, with the idea of Rio being that middle point,” said Bundy.
Hockey World Cup 2018 Campaign
Canada will take the field against the reigning Olympic silver medalists Belgium on the November 28 at the Odisha Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.
They are currently ranked 11th in the world and last qualified for the World Cup in 2010. After failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, The Canada Men’s National Team will be looking to improve on their 2010 finish of 11th. Canada sits as the third seed in Pool C along with India, South Africa and Belgium.
Canada men’s team Player Stats :
- World Rank : 11
- Last Appearance: 2010 (11th)
- Head Coach : Paul Bundy
- Goalkeepers : David Carter/ Antoni Kindler
- Most Capped Player : Scott Tupper (283)
- Youngest Player : James Wallace (19)
- Oldest Player : David Carter (37)
Full Squad: David Carter, Antoni Kindler,Balraj Panesar, Brandon Perreira, Gordon Johnston, Scott Tupper, Keegan Perriera, Matthew Sarmento, Iain Smythe, James Kirkpatrick, Oliver Scholfield, Mark Pearson, Sukhi Panesar, Gabe Ho-Garcia, John Smythe, Richard Hildreth, Brenden Bissett, Jamie Wallace