Two veterans from Beijing 2008 along with fourteen first-time Olympians will represent Team Canada in men’s field hockey at Rio 2016.
The Canadian squad named for Rio 2016 also includes athletes who won silver at Toronto 2015 and secured a top-four finish at the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) World League Semifinal in Argentina last June.
In addition to Olympians Tupper and Pearson, the roster includes goalkeeper David Carter; defenders Adam Froese, Jagdish Gill, Gordon Johnston and Benjamin Martin; midfielders Brenden Bissett, Taylor Curran, Gabriel Ho-Garcia and Sukhpal Panesar; and forwards Matthew Guest, Devohn Noronha Teixeira, Keegan Pereira, Matthew Sarmento and Iain Smythe.
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The selected players were surprised with a private nomination over the Canada Day long weekend. Rio 2016 athletes were woken up by London 2012 swimming medallist Brent Hayden, and honoured at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic rings on Cypress Mountain in front of their families.
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Before heading to the Olympic Games, Team Canada is hosting the United States in a four-game tournament through July 10, in West Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.
In Rio de Janeiro, men’s field hockey will take place from August 6 to 18 at Olympic Hockey Centre. Canada will play in Pool B with the Netherlands (ranked No. 2), Germany (No. 3), Argentina (No. 6), India (No. 7) and Ireland (No.12). The team’s first game will be on August 6 against the Germans.