John-John Dohmen hopes to lead Belgium to the World League Semi-Finals
John-John Dohmen hopes to lead Belgium to the World League Semi-Finals

The World League will resume action after a month layoff when the men take to the field in St. Germain, France in Round 2 action. The stakes are high for the six competing teams with a ticket to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June on the line. Today, the participating teams announced their line-ups that will do battle in the Paris suburb.

The ninth-ranked Belgium men are bringing their most experienced squad to the tournament with eight players with more than 100 caps each.  Captain John-John Dohmen brings the most experience of any player at the event with 222 caps to his credit. Belgium has been busy with their Spring preparations and is in action this week with games against Round 2 opponents Poland and France.

Looking to challenge Belgium for the top spot at the week-long event is 14th-ranked Canada. The Canadians have had a rough go in their most recent FIH outings, finishing in sixth and eighth place in their last two Champions Challenge 1 outings. But with the bye to Round 2 thanks to their World Ranking, Canada will look to stay in the hunt for berth the World League Semi-Finals and will rely largely on the leadership of captain Scott Tupper.

The middle of the pack is a tight race between 17th-ranked France, which could easily pull off an upset and finish in the top two. Also in the hunt are 19th-ranked Poland and 23rd-ranked Scotland. Cinderella Portugal may look to be well out of the race, but their Round 1 opponents learned the hard way not to take the plucky competitors lightly.

The Hockey World League Round 2 tournament will begin on May 6th in St. Germain, France.

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