U.S. O-50 Men’s Masters Team Named to Compete in 2019 WMH European Masters Championship in August

July 12, 2019, 11:32 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – July 12, 2019 – At the beginning of August, the U.S. Men’s Masters Team will be sending an O-50 team to Krefeld, Germany to compete in the 2019 World Masters Hockey (WMH) European Masters Championship. Taking place from August 8 to 17 at the Crefeld Hockey and Tennis Club, this event will feature more than 30 men’s and women’s international teams from ten countries in the O-50 and O-55 age categories.

In preparation for the tournament the U.S. O-50 Men’s Masters Team will have formal practices and compete in the Shooting Star Masters Tournament, a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned Event, from August 2 to 4 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The squad will arrive in Germany on August 7 where they will have practice sessions with their German coaching staff.

U.S. O-50 Men’s Masters European Masters Championship Roster:

Prashant Aji (San Jose, Calif.), Amir Akhtar (Tuttle, Okla.), Erik Enters (Harleysville, Pa.), Matt Hanson (Virginia Beach, Va.), Stanley Iyadurai (Dublin, Ohio), Peter Jones (Stamford, Conn.), Riaz Khan (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Markus Krueger (Seattle, Wash.), Damien Lanyon (Solana Beach, Calif.), Hugo Mazzalupi (Wayne, Pa.), John McGraw (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Pradeep Menon (Cumming, Ga.), Michael Merkx (Moorestown, N.J.), Manny Morales (Miami, Fla.), Ulrich Reinhardt (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alexander Rooks (Belmont, Mass.), Asim Siddiqui (Arlington, Va.), Paul Slaats (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The O-50 men’s team will be led by head coach Claus Buehs, assisted by Christoph Weber and managed by Ishbel Dickens.

Eleven of the selected athletes played in the 2018 EXIN Masters World Cup in Spain; Aji, Krueger, Lanyon, Mazzalupi, Menon, Morales, Reinhardt, Siddiqui and Slaats on the O-50 team, along with Jones and Rooks on the O-55 team.

USA sits in Pool A with England, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Pool B features France, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland and Wales. They will open up European Masters Championship play on Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 a.m. ET against Spain.

U.S O-50 Men’s Masters European Masters Championship Schedule:

Thursday, August 8 USA vs. Spain 6:00 AM ET
Friday, August 9 USA vs. Ireland 8:00 AM ET
Saturday, August 10 USA vs. Italy 7:00 AM ET
Tuesday, August 13         USA vs. England 10:00 AM ET

For more information regarding the WMH European Masters Championship including the full schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking here.