July 23rd, 2024

Captain Nick Hoag leads Canadian men’s Olympic volleyball team into Paris


By The Canadian Press on July 8, 2024.

Captain Nick Hoag will lead Canada's men's volleyball team at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Canada's Xander Ketrzynski (right) embraces his teammates after defeating the USA in Volleyball Nations League action, in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

GATINEAU, Que. – Captain Nick Hoag will lead Canada’s men’s volleyball team at the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the team’s roster Monday.

Canada qualified for Paris after placing second in its pool at the FIVB Olympic Qualification Tournament in China last September.

Hoag will make his third straight Olympic appearance. The 31-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que., and the ninth-ranked Canadians finished fifth at a Volleyball Nations League tournament in June.

The Canadian men’s volleyball team is appearing at its sixth Summer Games, with a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Games its best result. Canada placed eighth at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

Men’s volleyball takes place from July 27 to Aug. 10 at the South Paris Arena 1. Canada begins tournament play July 28 against Slovenia.

Canada’s men’s volleyball roster:

Danny Demyanenko (Toronto); Luke Herr (Winnipeg); Nick Hoag (Sherbrooke, Que.); Brodie Hofer (Langley, B.C.); Xander Ketrzynski (Toronto); Eric Loeppky (Steinbach, Man.); Justin Lui (Pickering, Ont.); Stephen Maar (Aurora, Ont.); Fynn McCarthy (Lake Country, B.C.); Arthur Szwarc (Toronto); Lucas Van Berkel (Edmonton); Brett Walsh (Calgary)

Alternate: Ryley Barnes (Edmonton)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2024.

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