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BULLETIN: Oct. 20, 2016 — Pan American Cup to be held in the United States

This morning, the Pan American Hockey Federation announced that the 2017 men’s and women’s Pan American Cup tournaments, the most direct route to qualification for the 2018 FIH World Cup, will be held at the Spooky Nook sports complex in Lancaster, Pa.

This is very much the kind of event envisioned when the concept of the Home of Hockey was first discussed: an international event with multiple national teams playing for a championship.

The tournaments are scheduled for Aug. 4-13, 2017, and will feature eight senior men’s and women’s national sides. 

With the privilege of hosting the tournament comes great responsibility and expectations. Of course, USA Field Hockey has a lot of work to do, both logistically and administratively. Coaching staffs are being reconstructed for the next cycle of play before the 2018 World Cup tournaments are played in London and New Delhi.

For the U.S. women, the tournament represents an opportunity to follow on its showings at The Hague 2014 and Rio 2016, and perhaps win its first Pan American Cup, so as not to have to suffer through the qualification process of the FIH World League.

For the American men, the expectations are much less, but the program can look back on the 2009 tournament final when they took Canada to overtime.

But for the area of the country where the tournament is scheduled, it is a golden opportunity to see the game as it is meant to be played — both on the men’s and the women’s side. And I hope a few school administrators can get a chance to watch.

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