2021 Men's Team Canada Staff & Roster Announced
Canada Inline is pleased to announce the coaching staff and roster of the 2021 National Men’s Team that will represent Canada at the World Inline Hockey Championships in Roccaraso, Italy this September 2021.
Pablo Navarro has been named the head coach and he will be joined by Cary Grant and Luis Pineda.
Pablo Navarro comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game. As a player with the Brazilian National Team, his highlights include capturing 6th at the World Championships and 2 bronze medals at the Pan American Games. After years of a career, both in ice and in inline hockey, Pablo got into coaching and has shared his knowledge and passion for the sport globally. He has spent time coaching inline in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Namibia, Switzerland, United States and Venezuela, just to name a few. Navarro also has experience coaching National Teams as he has led the Latvian Men’s National Team and Colombia’s Men’s, Women’s, Jr Men’s and Jr Women’s Teams. This is also not his first time with a Canadian National Team, as in 2012, Navarro was an Assistant Coach with Canada’s Women who brought home gold at the World Inline Hockey Championships. Currently Navarro is the CEO of the Pama Golden Knights Academy which provides inline opportunities for players and coaches.
Joining Navarro on the bench will be Cary Grant. Grant has years of experience being a skating coach for the Canucks, a WHL trainer with the Calgary Hitmen and Prince Albert Raiders. Grant is no stranger to Canada Inline as he has served as the Head Trainer and an Assistant Coach for many years.
Rounding out the Canadian bench staff will be Luis Pineda. Not only does Pineda have over 10 years of experience playing at the World Inline Hockey Championships for Mexico, but he had the honour of also playing in 2 Pan American Games and many Narch Tournaments.
This year's Men’s roster is a blend of experience and youth. The Canadian squad made up of 12 players and 2 goalies features several veterans and a number of youngsters who are either making their Men’s team debut or are still in the early stages of their national team careers. This years team includes;
- Dylan Abbamont
- Brendan Baumgartner
- Bryan Foster
- Brandon Glover
- Dave Hammond
- Lane Hartwell
- Kyle Henderson
- Matt Herder
- James Isaacs
- Chris Rauckman
- Cole Sonstelie
- Kyle Soper
- Jimmy Teed
- Thomas Woods
Stay tuned for more information on this team and the upcoming World Championships.
**After much deliberation and inquiring with the inline hockey community, we made the decision that we would only be sending a Senior Men's Team to the World Championships this year. The rationale for only sending a Men's Team is due the fact that this year is a qualifying year for the World Games being held next year. The World Games is an event that only has a Men's division and participation in this year's Worlds Championships is required in order to claim a spot. Due to ongoing complications with travel and other factors in Canada, we are not able to send any other teams (Senior Women's, Junior Men's or Junior Women's) this year, but look forward to having them attend in 2022.