Canada are all set play their sixth World Cup.
Canada will take the field against the reigning Olympic silver medalists today evening 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 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.
Veterans Scott Tupper, Mark Pearson and David Carter lead the Red Caribou into battle with over 500 international caps between them.
Jamie Wallace, a staple of the national junior program over the past few years, made the emphatic jump to the senior level this summer and is rewarded with a spot on the World Cup roster.
Canadian Head Coach Paul Bundy will lead the Red Caribou out to battle against the Belgium Red Lions on November 28, 2018.
According to Bundy, drawing the world number-3 in Belgium to start the tournament is a blessing in disguise.
“I really like that we have Belgium first.I think we play our best hockey when we play the best teams in the world.” Bundy said.
Ready to compete
Canada played 25 matches in 2018, setting themselves up to peak at the World Cup this week. Veteran midfielder, Mark Pearson, reflected on the competition season and thinks the team is in a great spot heading into the biggest event of the year.
“It’s a little unusual to be preparing for a major competition at the end of the year, but the guys are feeling strong after a lot of games this year and we’re ready to compete.It was really nice to finish off that New Zealand tour on the right note. Showing we can come back and beat a quality side means a lot to us heading into the World Cup.” he said.
Tough Road Ahead?
Canada have the opening match of the tournament against the world number three. Then they take on South Africa in what will be a revenge match after Commonwealth Games. Their final pool-play game is against the host-nation India and takes place on December 8, 2018.
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