For the fourth time in succession, Argentinian superstar Luciana Aymar has been named in the 2013 Pan American Elite Teams, the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) has announced.
The seven times FIH Player of the Year - who is currently competing in the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman - was named alongside Trinidad & Tobago captain Kwandwane Browne, who has also been listed for a fourth occasion.
Since 2007, Pan American Elite Teams have been named every two years to recognize the top players in the Pan American region. Hockey specialists present at the 2013 Pan American Cups in Brampton (men) and Mendoza (women) were consulted for the selection of this year’s Elite Teams.
Alongside Browne, four men's players were nominated for the third time: Mexico's Francisco Aguilar, USA's Pat Harris, Canada's Scott Tupper and Argentina's Lucas Vila.
Pan American Champions Argentina have the strongest representation with four players (Facundo Callioni, Gonzalo Peillat, Lucas Rey and Lucas Vila) while Pan American Cup runner-up Canada is represented by Scott Tupper and newcomers Matthew Guest and Mark Pearson. The achievements of Trinidad & Tobago, bronze medalists in Brampton, were rewarded with the nomination of three players (Kwandwane Browne, Mickell Pierre and Akim Toussaint.
Altogether, the 2013 Men’s Pan American Elite Team is made up of players from seven different countries: Argentina (4), Canada (3), Trinidad & Tobago (3), Brazil (2), USA (2), Chile (1) and Mexico (1).
The 2013 women's Pan American Elite Team is led by Luciana Aymar who once again dazzled opponents and spectators in Mendoza and is nominated for the fourth time to the continental Elite Team. Pan American Champions Argentina dominated the voting, with four other players selected (Agustina Albertario, Rosario Luchetti, Carla Rebecchi and Macarena Rodriguez).
The USA, silver medalists in Mendoza, had three players selected (Rachel Dawson, her third nomination to the Elite squad, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey), while Canada’s return to the podium was rewarded with the selection of three first-time nominees (Kate Gillis, Hannah Haughn and Danielle Hennig).
Three South American players picked up their second Elite selection (Camila Caram and Claudia Schuler from Chile, Janine Stanley from Uruguay).
Altogether seven countries are represented on the 2013 Women’s Pan American Elite Team: Argentina (5), USA (3), Canada (3), Chile (2), Mexico (1), Uruguay (1) and Guyana (1).
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Source Material: PAHF Media Release
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