Team Canada Ready to defend its Title at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

Team Canada Ready to defend its Title at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship

6 July 2017 Gilles LeBlanc

 2017 Men's Worlds

(Whitehorse, Y.T.) The Canadian Men’s National Softball Team is set to defend its World Title at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship that will take place July 7-16 in Whitehorse, Y.T. Fresh off winning the Bob Law Memorial Challenge in Vancouver, B.C. last week, Canada will play its opening game against South Africa on Friday, July 7th at 7:30pm PDT.

The event will feature sixteen teams divided into two pools of eight, with the top four teams from each pool advancing to the playoff round. The top two teams from each pool will earn double life, while the third and fourth place finishers from each pool will have single life.

Team Canada had its most successful season ever in 2015 when they won a pair of Gold medals in major international competitions, capturing their first WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship title since 1992 in Saskatoon and followed up on that success by earning its seventh consecutive Pan American Games title in Toronto. The team did not compete in any events in 2016, and is currently ranked fourth in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings.

The athletes who will represent Team Canada at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship are:

 Athletes

First Name Last Name Hometown
Bryan Abrey Richmond, B.C.
Ryan Boland St. John's, N.L.
Shane Boland St. John's, N.L.
Sean Cleary Harbour Main, N.L.
Brad Ezekiel Harbour Main, N.L.
Brandon Horn Waterloo, Ont.
Blake Hunter Nanaimo, B.C.
Mark Johnson Glencoe, Ont.
Derek Mayson North Vancouver, B.C.
Devon McCullough Saskatoon, Sask.
Steve Mullaley Freshwater, N.L.
Mathieu Roy Saint-Gervais, Que.
Kevin Schellenberg Squamish, B.C.
Justin Schofield Grand Pré, N.S.
Andy Skelton Scarborough, Ont.
Colin Walsh Petty Harbour, N.L.
Kris Walushka Victoria, B.C.

*Athletes returning from the 2015 Men's National Team

Coaching Staff

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach John Stuart Langley, B.C.
Assistant Coach John Hill St. John's, N.L.
Assistant Coach Dean Holoien Melfort, Sask.
Assistant Coach Les Howey Conception Bay, N.L.
Scout Doug Allin Peachland, B.C.
Video Coach Glenn Boles St. Satharines, Ont.
Athletic Therapist Adam Davies Ottawa, Ont.
Manager - MNT Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

Umpires

First Name Last Name Hometown
Daryl Helmer Airdrie, Alta.
Peter Kluszczynski Barrie, Ont.
Mike Morrissey Peterborough, Ont.
Gary Skjerven Wynyard, Sask.

Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
July 7 Canada vs. South Africa 7:30pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 8 Canada vs. Argentina 7:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 9 Canada vs. USA 7:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 10 Canada vs. Hong Kong 4:30pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 11 Canada vs. Australia 7:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 12 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 7:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 13 Canada vs. India 3:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 14 Playoff Round TBD Stream | Stats
July 15 Playoff Round TBD Stream | Stats
July 16 Medal Round TBD Stream | Stats

For more information about the 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship and to purchase tickets, please visit www.2017mensworldsoftball.com/. Live webstreaming is available at www.sportscanada.tv/worldsoftball.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca