Four USA Athletes Named to PAHF's 2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Teams

Dec. 04, 2017, 4:43 p.m. (ET)

Content Courtesy of PAHF

The Pan American Hockey Federation is pleased to announce the 2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Teams.

Since 2007, Pan American Elite Teams have been named every two years to recognize the top players in Pan American competitions. For the first time this year, separate Indoor Elite teams have been named to give deserved exposure to the top indoor players, and to the indoor game itself.

Hockey specialists present at the 2017 Indoor Pan American Cups in Georgetown, Guyana, were consulted for the selection of this year’s Elite Teams.

The 2017 Men's Pan American Indoor Elite Team is led by charismatic Trinidadian captain Solomon ECCLES, who led his team to a spectacular Pan American title in Guyana. Three other members of the Trinidad & Tobago team that stayed unbeaten at the Pan American Cup earned a spot on the 12-man Elite roster: goalkeeper Ron ALEXANDER, Mickell PIERRE and Akim TOUSSAINT. Toussaint is the only player to be nominated on both the outdoor and indoor PAHF Elite Teams.

Pan American Cup finalists Argentina are 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 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: Trinidad & Tobago (4), Argentina (3), Canada (3) and Guyana (2). The average age is just 28 years old.

The 2017 Women's Pan American Indoor Elite Team is headed by American sensation Ali CAMPBELL (Boyertown, Pa.), 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:   Beth BARHAM (Fairfax, Va.), goalkeeper Samantha CARLINO (Kennett Square, Pa.) and Junior Player of the Tournament Sammy POPPER (Blue Bell, Pa.)

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 NIMO. 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 (4), Argentina (3), Uruguay (2), Canada (2) and Guyana (1). The average age is 24.8 years old.


2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Team
 Men's 
Ron ALEXANDER (GK) TTO
Agustin CEBALLOS ARG
Gurtej DHALIWAL CAN
Solomen ECCLES (C) TTO
Juan ELEICEGUI ARG
Robert FRANCE GUY
Joaquin GONZALEZ ARG
Mickell PIERRE TTO
Jonathan ROBERTS CAN
Medroy SCOTLAND (GK) GUY
Micah TEIXEIRA CAN
Akim TOUSSAINT TTO

2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Team
Women's
Luciana AGUIDO ARG
Mary Beth BARHAM USA
Ali CAMPBELL (C) USA
Samantha CARLINO (GK) USA
Marzana FIEDTKOU GUY
Carina GUZMAN ARG
Alison LEE CAN
Camila de MARIA URU
Maria NIMO ARG
Sammy POPPER USA
Maria Teresa VIANA ACHE URU
Kathryn WILLIAMS (GK) CAN


For more information on the PAHF competitions and programs, please visit the Pan American Hockey Federation web site at
www.panamhockey.org.

The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) is recognized by the FIH as the governing continental federation for all field hockey in the Pan American region. There are 29 member Nations of the PAHF. For more information please contact info@panamhockey.org.