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Toussaint gets second Pan Am Elite pick

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A week after being selected to the 2017 Pan American Outdoor Elite Men’s Hockey Team with national teammates, England-based duo Kwandwane Browne and Tariq Marcano, Australia-based Akim Toussaint has been selected to the Indoor team as well.

The 28-year-old Toussaint, a three-time Outdoor Elite Team selection who plays locally for Paragon was joined on the team by national goalkeeper Ron Alexander, captain Solomon Eccles and Mickell Pierre.

The quartet was influential in helping T&T to the Pan American Hockey Cup Indoor crown in Georgetown, Guyana in October with a 7-0 mauling of Argentina in the final to secure a second-ever Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, next February.

Pan American Cup finalists Argentina were rewarded with three nominations, including their captain Joaquin Gonzalez and young sensation Juan Eleicegui, who dazzled opponents and spectators with his speed and skills.

Bronze medallists Canada also received three nominations, with veterans Jonathan Roberts and Micah Teixeira joined joined by youngster Gurtej Dhaliwal.

Two players of Guyana, host of the successful Indoor Pan American Cups, were also voted onto the 12-man roster, with Robert France and goalkeeper Medroy Scotland.

Altogether, the 2017 men’s Pan American Indoor Elite Team is made up of players from four different countries: T&T (four), Argentina (three), Canada (three) and Guyana (two).

The 2017 Women’s Pan American Indoor Elite Team is headed by American sensation Ali Campbell, top goal-scorer and Player of the Tournament at the Indoor Pan American Cup.

She is joined by three teammates of the young USA team that stayed unbeaten in Guyana, earning for the first time a spot for their country in the incoming Indoor World Cup: Mary Beth Barham, goalkeeper Samantha Carlino and Junior Player of the Tournament Sammy Popper.

Silver medalists Argentina only lost by one late goal to the USA in the Final and are rewarded with the nomination of three players on the Elite roster, Luciana Agudo, Carina Guzman and Maria Nim. The Bronze Medal match between Uruguay and Canada was also a very close affair only decided by one goal, and two players of each team make their way onto the 12-woman squad, including goalkeeper of the Tournament Kathryn Williams (Canada).

Altogether, five countries are represented on the 2017 Women’s Pan American Indoor Elite Team: USA (four), Argentina (three), Uruguay (two), Canada (two) and Guyana, one.


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