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Canadian Men's National Team Athletes Making Waves Abroad

(October 9, 2020 – Montreal, QC) – The last few weeks have been busy for members of the Canadian Men's National Team who have recently begun their professional season in Europe, competing with clubs in Hungary, France and Greece.

Nicolas Constantin-Bicari helps FTC- Telekom win Benu Hungarian Cup


Canada's captain, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, got a taste of victory at the end of September when his club, FTC-Telekom , triumphed 19-18 in a shootout against Szolnok Dózsa in the final of the Hungarian Cup on September 27, 2020. This is FTC's third title in three years and the second title for Constantin-Bicari, who joined the Hungarian club last season. The Canadian athlete had a strong showing during the finals weekend, even scoring a superb semi-final goal . FTC-Telekom will be busy this month with five away games in October. The complete schedule is available on their Facebook page .


Three Canadian recruits in Aix-en-Provence


Three Canadian athletes also made their debuts last weekend as Pays d'Aix Natation (PAN) faced Noisy in the French Championship. Brody McKnight, Bogdan Djerkovic and Reuel D'Souza lined up for the club Aix-en-Provence for the first time. Djerkovic and D'Souza each tallied one goal in the 9-9 draw against Noisy. Our three Canadians will be back in action with PAN on Saturday, October 17th, when they face Reims.


Men's National Team athletes, Mark Spooner and Jérémie Blanchard, are also playing in the French Championship this year. The two Canadians are competing in the ranks of FNC Douai in Northern France. Spooner scored a goal to help Douai record its first win this season, outscoring Reims 9-5. Like their fellow Canadians, Spooner and Blanchard will return to action on October 17th for the French Championship's fourth leg.


An exciting season ahead in the A1 Greek Men's Water Polo League


Two of our Canadian athletes, George Torakis and Sean Spooner have spent the summer in Greece in preparation for the Men's Water Polo season which is scheduled to start this Saturday, October 10, 2020. Veteran player George Torakis will align with Apollon Smyrnis this year after playing with Ethnikos last season. Apollon finished fourth in the Greek League, and they are looking to crack the top three this season with the help of their team’s many newcomers. Torakis won't be the only Canadian competing in the Greek League this year; British Columbia native and Panionios representative, Sean Spooner, is another Canadian player to follow in the A1 opening weekend.


The rest of the Senior Men’s National Team Athletes, along with a few junior athletes, will pursue training at the National Training Centre in Montreal and the National Legacy Development Centre in Calgary. All athletes and staff continue to follow the public health guidelines that have been established in their local jurisdictions. Follow Water Polo Canada's website and social media for updates.



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