Canada’s up and comers sweep USA – Successful debut for Men’s Target 2017 Team

DECEMBER 4, 2012: The Canadian Men’s Junior National Target 2017 Team stormed back from a 0 – 1 deficit to score 9 unanswered goals in their final match against the USA’s U17 men on Sunday.  Canada remained undefeated throughout the series, securing three consecutive victories in the team’s international debut.

Field Hockey Canada LogoFuelled by a home crowd, Team USA had a strong start in Sunday’s match scoring within the first five minutes.  Canada’s Amrit Sidhu (Abbotsford, BC) responded quickly evening the score at the nine minute mark.  His enthusiasm sparked a strong offensive attack and Canada hit the US circle in waves.  Amrit Sidhu scored his second goal off a perfect tip from Harbir Sidhu’s (Victoria, BC) penalty corner shot to take the lead.  Continue reading →

Canada Men’s National Team to face Korea in first match of Champions Challenge I

On Saturday, the Canadian Men’s National Team will take the field for their first international competition since February.  Canada’s first match of the 2012 Champions Challenge I is against Korea at 10:00am local time in Quilmes, Argentina.  Korea will be a tough opponent – they are currently ranked seventh in the world.  But Team Canada is ready to compete.

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“The team is feeling good,” says Forward Matt Guest.  “We have shown steady improvement throughout our practice matches.  With several guys making their international debut in the first match – there are mixed feelings of nerves and excitement within the group.”

“We have two practice scrimmages under our belts, which has helped us get our legs under us and work out a few tactical adjustments,” says Defender Scott Tupper.  “It has been good to get used to the pace again and have a feel for competition before the tournament starts.” Continue reading →

Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team undefeated in FIH World League Round 1

Team Canada to take on Uruguay for top spot tomorrow

OTTAWA – The Women’s National Team remains undefeated after four matches at the FIH World League Round 1 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.  With only one match to go, Canada has secured a top two finish and qualified for the FIH World League Round 2 in 2013.  This is Canada’s first step toward qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

Field Hockey Canada Women's National Team

Field Hockey Canada Women’s National Team

Canada has had an incredible performance so far, posting four shutouts and scoring 37 goals.  Tomorrow, the women will face their most formidable opponent – Uruguay.  The two undefeated teams will compete for top spot in the final tournament standings at 10:30am local time.  Follow @World_League1 on Twitter for live results. Continue reading →

Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team ready for Champions Challenge 1

OTTAWA (FHC) – The Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team is ready to compete on the international stage once again.  From November 24th to December 2nd, our men will represent Canada at the 2012 Men’s Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina.

Field Hockey Canada LogoThis will be Team Canada’s first competition in the new quadrennial.  Since the Olympic Qualification Tournament in February, the Men’s National Team has been immersed in a revamped training regimen and professional environment at home in Vancouver.

“The training program has been quite intensive,” says Scott Tupper.  “We’ve made changes to how we train both on field and away from the field.  We’ve seen physiological improvements, and now we’ll get the opportunity to measure where we are in terms of our play.” Continue reading →

Katie Baker retires from Team Canada : Inspirational Captain steps down after 114 international appearances

Over the past six years, Katie Baker has had an incredible impact on the Women’s National Field Hockey Team.  Baker has officially announced her retirement from Team Canada.  Though she moves on, her leadership as Team Captain and competitive spirit have truly transformed the culture of the Women’s National Program.

Katie Baker (Photo Credit: Field Hockey Canada/ Wilfred Lach)

Katie Baker (Photo Credit: Field Hockey Canada/ Wilfred Lach)

“The change in culture over the past quadrennial is really due to Baker’s leadership,” says teammate Thea Culley.  “She is responsible for igniting the fire in each of us to want to change how we operate. Her legacy of relentless hard work will remain because she worked so tirelessly to instil a sense of pride in each of her teammates.”

Katie has been captain of the Women’s National Team since January 2010, when she became co-captain with Stephanie Nesbitt.  Nesbitt retired following the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Baker went on to further develop her leadership style – marked by compassion and commitment to team.

“Baker’s leadership actually contributed a lot to my development as a coach,” says Paul Bundy, Head Coach of the Women’s National Team.  “When I first met her, she was just a few years into her career with the National Team.  As I emerged into the Assistant Coach role, Katie emerged into the Captain role.  She taught me a lot about player development, and how people respond in various situations.” Continue reading →

Canadian Junior National Field Hockey Teams qualify for 2013 Junior World Cup

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012:  Canada qualifies for 2013 Junior World Cup: Men and Women move on to finals of Pan American Junior Championships

In outstanding team performances today, the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Teams have qualified for the 2013 Junior World Cup and moved into the finals of the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships.

Canada Junior Men's Hockey Team Celebrating their Qualification for World Cup 2013

Canada Junior Men’s Hockey Team Celebrating their Qualification for World Cup 2013

Canada’s Junior Women took the field against Chile early this afternoon.  With the support of a loud Canadian fan section and a ticket to the Junior World Cup on the line – this team played with grit and determination.  Holly Stewart scored the first goal of the match, but Chile quickly responded to even the score.  With a 1 – 1 tie at halftime, the second half was up for grabs.  A field goal by Jessica Buttinger just two minutes into the half gave Canada the edge.  Caashia Karringten’s goal off a penalty corner in the 57th minute followed by a strong Canadian defense gave the Junior Women a solid 3 – 1 win.  Continue reading →