Trinidad & Tobago is the only English-speaking Caribbean country in the eight-team men’s Pan American Cup hockey tournament to be played at Cassie Campbell Community Centre in Brampton from August 10-17.
Ranked 30th in the world, the twin-island republic plays Chile on August 11 and Brazil the following day starting at 2 p.m. on both occasions. T & T’s final group contest against host country Canada is on August 14 at 4 p.m.
The other group comprises the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay.
Captained by Darren Cowie, the T & T side also includes Dwain Quan Chan, Aidan De Gannes, Shaquille Daniel, Michael O’Connor, Kwan Browne, Dillet Gilkes, Stefan Mouttet, Marcus James, Solomon Eccles, Christopher Scipio, Akim Toussaint, Mickell Pierre, Wayne Legerton, Kiel Murray, Cogie Butler, Andrey Rocke and Kwasi Emmanuel.
Kirth Davis and Glenn Francis are the manager and coach, respectively.
Trinidadian Rigel Gomes is the tournament director.
The nine-member umpiring panel includes Jamaican Duvaughan Henlon and T & T’s Nku Davis.
The winner will secure a place in the 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands while the three teams not qualifying through the 2014 South American championship in Chile next March or the next Central American & Caribbean Games in Mexico in November 2014 will advance to the 2015 Pan American Games in the Golden Horseshoe and Greater Toronto Area regions.
The top six teams will also book spots in the next Pan American Cup competition in 2017 while the bottom two will need to compete in the Pan American Challenge.