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CanAm Indoor Series Revival

by USA Field Hockey

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SPRING CITY, Pa. - Last weekend, USA Field Hockey and Canada Field Hockey’s Indoor Programs competed in the CanAm Indoor Series. After a 5-year hiatus, the event took place March 19 and 20 at The Training Center in Spring City, Pa. and the series featured the Junior U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team and Senior U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team.

 

For the first time, the CanAm Indoor Series featured the junior team, who had a four-game series, while the senior squad played three official FIH Sanctioned Matches.

 

"The Juniors did very well this last weekend and gained invaluable experience," said Erik Enters, Junior Indoor USMNT Head Coach. "Significant playing time against a quality opponent helped introduce all our athletes to the demands of international competition. We are excited about their progress and the future growth of this program."

 

"The 2022 CanAm Indoor Series was a great way to end our indoor season," added Jason Mulder, Indoor USMNT Head Coach. "From a program perspective, we developed our player base and exposed both juniors and seniors to international hockey. I was particular impressed with the senior group as ten players out of the 11 earned their first cap. It was exciting to see how quickly our standard of indoor developed over the test series."

DATEMATCHTEAM   TEAM
Sat., March 19Junior MenUSA2Final1Canada
 Senior Men*USA5Final3Canada
 Junior MenUSA4Final4Canada
 Senior Men*USA4Final7Canada
 
Sun., March 20Junior MenUSA2Final9Canada

Senior Men*USA2Final5Canada
 Junior MenUSA6Final7Canada
*Denotes official FIH Sanctioned Match

 

These matches were live streamed and can be rewatched on the WC Eagles' Facebook page.

 

"I would like to thank Canadian Hockey for being such great competitors," noted Mulder. "They will always be a fierce competitor but also allies in the growth of hockey, and for that we are thankful. The players look forward to an indoor break before preparing for their respective outdoor seasons. I do feel that this series has only created a hunger to be better amongst our group, and I’m excited about that energy."

"I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone who made this event possible. We are thankful for all your time and effort."

During this series ten U.S. Men's National Team athletes received their first internationals cap. They were James Albanese (Mercerville, N.J.), Sekayi Charasika (Louisvilleville, Ky.), Koehl Comiskey (Dallas, Pa.), Seth Gort (East Stroudsburg, Pa.), Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Colin Kirkpatrick (Annville, Pa.),Barry Merriman (Washington, D.C.), Toby Peck (Downingtown, Pa.), Dean Schiller (Alexandria, Va.) and Mike Young (Sidney, N.Y.).

The CanAm Indoor Series was started by Nigel Traverso (USA) and Louis Mendonca (Canada) in 2013, when they were managing the indoor programs of both countries. Since then, the host and location alternated per year between Canada and the United States and featured both the senior men's and women's indoor teams. Moving forward, the CanAm Indoor Series will take place annually featuring both the junior and senior teams for the men and women.

 

For more information on the CanAm Indoor Series, visit the official event page.

 

U.S. Men's National Indoor Team First Caps: (Top L to R) Head Coach Jason Mulder, Alex Grassi, Koehl Comiskey, Toby Peck, Barry Merriman, Mike Young, Colin Kirkpatrick, Manager Nigel Traverso, Assistant Coach Allan Law, (Bottom L to R) James Albanese, Sekayi Charasika, Dean Schiller, Seth Gort.

Image Courtesy of Cris Maloney

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