Sukhi Panesar of Surrey will be joined by younger brother Balraj on the Canadian men's field hockey team for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2. Brandon Pereira is the third Surrey resident named to the team.

Surrey trio selected for national team

Field hockey players to compete at World League Round 2 in Trinidad and Tobago

Three players from Surrey have been named to the Canadian men’s field hockey team which will compete at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 in Trinidad and Tobago from Mar. 25 to Apr. 2.

Balraj Panesar and Brandon Pereira recently competed at the 2016 Junior World Cup, and are among the 18 players named to the national team. Panesar will join his older brother Sukhi on the team. Sukhi Panesar was a member of the national team which competed at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

While Pereira will be playing his first game for the men’s national team in Trinidad and Tobago, Balraj Panesar played three games with the senior squad in 2014.

National team head coach Anthony Farry said both players, who have practiced with the men’s Senior Development Squad, might have played on the national team last season.

“Had both those guys not been going to a Junior World Cup, where we wanted them to play, maybe they would have played (on the senior level) last year at some stage” says Farry. “I think their progression, and the timing of what they’re doing is perfect now.”

Canada will be striving towards a top two finish at the eight-team tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, which is part of the 2018 World Cup qualification process. Just two teams will advance to World League Round 3 later this year, where 2018 Men’s World Cup spots will be decided.

Canada is the highest-ranked team in Pool A for World League Round 2, sitting in 11th place in the world rankings. Other teams in their pool are Chile (26th), the United States (29th), and Barbados (49th).

Just Posted

FortisBC inks deal to send LNG by container from Delta facility to China

The FortisBC shipments to China are to be delivered in 60 specialized shipping containers per week

Hazmat team called to Surrey recycling centre

Witness at scene said several workers reported affects including coughing, headaches and chest tightness

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in South Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

‘Kim’s Convenience’ keeps Surrey actor busy when not working as church pastor in Guildford

Award-nominated James Yi will again play shop owner at Surrey Arts Centre next winter

VIDEO: Wet weather kicks off Lower Mainland toad migration

Thousands of small western toads were making the trek from pond to woods

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Serious police incident unfolding at Sts’ailes near Agassiz

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

RCMP release sketch of suspect in SFU assault, appeal to witnesses who helped woman

The RCMP want to talk to two women who helped the victim after she got to the parking lot

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Most Read