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Spotlight on: Canada Men

October 9, 2015

Canada (FIH World Ranking: 14) have long been a major force in Pan American hockey, having claimed a glittering collection of medals from the Pan Am Games and Pan Am Cup competitions.

Their rivalry with Argentina is renowned, with the two nations contesting every major Pan Am final since 1975. Canada have won gold at the Pan American Games on four occasions, as well as winning gold at the Pan American Cup in 2009.

They have also competed at six Olympic Games, five World Cups and five Commonwealth Games to date. Scott Tupper, Mark Pearson and Matthew Guest are star performers outfield while goalkeeper David Carter is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the finest shot-stoppers on the planet.

The team is coached by Australian Anthony Farry who stepped up from Assistant Coach following Canada’s failure to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Farry’s young side have made huge progress over the past 18 months, with a third place finish at the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 event in San Diego being followed by a impressive fourth place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics already sealed thanks largely to their fantastic performances in the HWL Semi Finals, Farry will be hoping his team to continue their fine form by securing a podium finish in Raipur. 

Nickname: The Red Caribous

Key player: Scott Tupper. Canada’s captain and talisman is a rock solid defender who leads by example. Committed in the tackle and blessed with great vision, Tupper has a habit of controlling games from the back line and also getting on the score-sheet with crucial goals. Tupper – named on the all star Pan American Elite Team on three separate occasions – has spent many years plying his trade in Europe’s best club leagues, representing Club an der Alster in Hamburg, Germany, as well as Brussels-based Racing Club in Belgium.

Additional information: In 1991, the Canadian men’s and women’s programmes united under the national umbrella of Field Hockey Canada to share funding and infrastructure and to unite leadership - ultimately transitioning two programmes, which had worked hard independently to succeed, into one national entity. Field Hockey Canada is working hard to elevate the game and establish a world-class Canadian field hockey community. They are making significant progress, with increasing participation throughout the country and strong performances on the field from the respective national teams.

Notable honours: 
4x Pan American Games Gold medallists (1983, 1987, 1999, 2007)
Pan American Cup Gold medallists (2009)
FIH Champions Challenge 1 Silver medallists (2014)


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