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Canadians playing professionally overseas in 2020-21

Canadian volleyball athletes are once again making their mark around the globe, with Volleyball Canada completing 109 international transfer certificates (42 women and 67 men). These athletes are playing for professional clubs, earning a living in the sport they love while gaining valuable competition experience.

Among those transfers are numerous National Team athletes. From the women’s senior squad Jennifer Cross, Alexa Gray, Shainah Joseph, Emily Maglio, Kyla Richey, Kim Robitaille, Layne Van Buskirk, and Kiera Van Ryk are all playing at the professional level.

On the men’s team, Blair Bann, Jay Blankenau (pictured: Arkas/Facebook), Nicholas Hoag, Stephen Maar, Steven Marshall, Gord Perrin, Ryan Sclater, Sharone Vernon Evans, Graham Vigrass, and Brett Walsh represent Canada professionally.

It’s not just the athletes overseas though, as the Canadian men’s head coach Glenn Hoag is also the head coach for Arkas Spor. He has coached the Turkish club since 2010, leading them to two Turkish League championships and one Turkish Cup title.

Canadian athletes are spread over 22 countries, with Germany once against attracting the largest number (18 athletes). For the second year in a row, France is the second-most desired country, hosting 16 athletes. The women are dispersed over 14 countries, where the men are in 19 countries.  

In the 2019-20 season, Canada had 49 women and 76 men playing in professional leagues internationally for a total of 125 athletes overseas. That was up from 124 (36 women, 88 men) in 2018-19.

Women’s Transfers to 14 Countries

Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey

Men’s Transfers to 19 Countries

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

Women’s Athletes (Club, Country) – Sorted by Name (Senior Team in italics)

Anderson, Robyn (Durham University, England)

Attiah, Gabrielle (PSV VBG Salzburg, Austria)

Baker, Courtney (Szent Benedek Roplabda, Hungary)

Belhache, Kaila (Jeunesse Sport Coulaines, France)

Brisebois, Danielle (Rote Raben Vilsbiburg, Germany)

Bujan, Cassandra (Emeve Voleibol Lugo, Spain)

Burns, Janice Heather (SC WU-Studierende, Austria)

Calkins, Natasha (VC Tirol, Austria)

Champagne, Jana (Anglet Olympique, France)

Charuk, Lucy (Ok Kamnik, Slovenia)

Condotta, Laura (Volley Toggenburg, Switzerland)

Cross, Jennifer (Sistem 9 Yesilyurt Sports Club, Turkey)

Derylo, Veronica (Volley Club de Valenciennes, France)

Donaghy, Alex Megan (Turnverein Holz 02 e.V., Germany)

Dumonceaux, Rachel Victoria (Strasbourg, France)

Gorrell, Victoria Leigh (Kuzeyboru Genclik, Turkey)

Gray, Alexa (Uyba Volley s.s.d.r.l., Italy)

Haase, Kamila (MAV Elore Sport Club, Hungary)

Joseph, Shainah (Saitama Ageo Medics, Japan)

Kovac, Sara (SWE Volley-Team, Germany)

Lea, Aidan (CSM Clamart VB, France)

LeMay, Caroline (AEK Lanarka, France)

Livingston, Caroline (Municipal Olympique, France)

MacKenzie, Claire (VC Tirol, Austria)

Maglio, Emily (Nilufer Belediye, Turkey)

Majewski, Nikal Quinn (A.S.Apollon Kalamata, Greece)

Méthot, Marie-Pier Murray (VBC Colombier, Switzerland)

Mravnik, Mackenzie (VC Lorentzweiler, Luxembourg)

Oling, Vanessa (CHEV Diekirch, Luxembourg)

Pollard, Lexi Elizabeth (AO Markopoulou, Greece)

Richey, Kyla (Union St Francais St Cloud Paris, France)

Robitaille, Kim (Quimper Volley 29, France)

Robitaille, Myriam (TS Innsbruck, Austria)

Savard, Vicky (Pannaxiakos A.O.N., Greece)

Shevkenek, Leah (PSV VBG Salzburg, Austria)

Thomson, Mary (SG VB NO Sokol, Austria)

Tutton, Braedyn Joyce (TS Innsbruck, Austria)

Van Buskirk, Layne (VBC Chamalieres, France)

Van Ryk, Kiera (Klub Sportowy Developres Rzeszow S.A., Poland)

Veltman, Kelsey (SC Potsdam, Germany)

White, Jazmine (Rote Raben Vilsbiburg, Germany)

White, Kory (Szent Benedek Roplabda, Hungary)

 

Men’s Athletes (Club, Country) – Sorted By Name (Senior Team in italics)

Bann, Blair (SWD-Powervolleys Düren, Germany)

Barbouche, Terek (AS Monaco, France)

Behiels, Kyle James (CHEV Diekirch, Luxembourg)

Blankenau, Jay (Arkas Izmir, Turkey)

Bornemann, Lars (SKV Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic)

Brar, Irvan (Middelfart VK, Denmark)

Couchman, Clayton (VC Gotha, Germany)

Cranston, Blain (Dunaferr Sportegyesulet, Hungary)

Cross, Jerome (SAMEN. Lycurgus, Netherlands)

Dailey, Brett (VC Fentange, Luxembourg)

Darlington, Jordan (Ishøj Volley, Denmark)

Demyaneko, Danny (Montpellier, France)

Deshane, Jordan (SWD-Powervolleys Düren, Germany)

Dixon, Reece (Sollentuna, Sweden)

Eshenko, Pearson (Helios Grizzlies Giessen, Germany)

Gray, Liam (Ikast KFUM, Denmark)

Gunter, Bradley (Hebar – Pazardzhik, Bulgaria)

Gyemi, Bradley (Lunds VK, Sweden)

Hammond, Evan (TV Bliesen, Germany)

Herr, Luke (SAMEN. Lycurgus, Netherlands)

Hoag, Christopher (Club St-Joseph, Turkey)

Hoag, Nicholas (Fenerbahçe Sports Club, Turkey)

Hobern, George (UVC Ried, Austria)

Hunt, Stephen (OFI Irakleio, Greece)

Hunt, Taylor (AONS Milon, Greece)

Ireland, Craig (SWD-Powervolleys Düren, Germany)

Jackson, James (Netzhoppers, Germany)

Kern, Jacob (Helios Grizzlies Giessen, Germany)

Keturakis, Byron (Netzhoppers, Germany)

Kloke, Samuel (VK Verstsjaelland, Denmark)

Konrad, Caleb (UVC Ried, Austria)

Koppers, Brandon (Porto Robur Costa 2030 (Ravenna), Italy)

Koslowsky, Tyler (SVG Lüneburg Germany, Germany)

Loeppky, Eric (Porto Robur Costa 2030 (Ravenna), Italy)

Mantha, Jori (TSV Herrsching, Germany)

Marr, Stephen (Power Volley Milano, Italy)

Marshall, Steven (Chaumont, France)

McBrtaney-Mullaney, Joshua (Hvidovre VK, Denmark)

McWilliam, Andrew (FES Aristotelis Skydras, Greece)

Mravnik, Mack (Lorenzweiler, Luxembourg)

Ofoha, Uchenna (Club Voleibol EMI Gijon, Spain)

Passallent, Matthew (SK Sadruga, Austria)

Perrin, Gord (Ural Ufa, Russia)

Regehr, John (Nordenskov UIF, Denmark)

Schober, Leo (VBC Weiz, Austria)

Schouten, Casey (Jihostroj Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic)

Schubert, Jared (CHEV Diekirch, Luxembourg)

Sclater, Ryan (Montpellier, France)

Shank, Daryl (Volley Oberdiessbach, Switzerland)

Shotbolt, Andrew Connor (Ikast KFUM, Denmark)

Sinoski, Daulton (Nice Volleyball, France)

Szeto, Raymond (MKS Bedzin, Poland)

Szwarc, Arthur (Top Volley Latina, Italy)

Taylor, Sam (Sodertelge VBK, Sweden)

Taylor, Warren (VK Odolena Voda, Czech Republic)

Thompson, George (Middelfart VK, Denmark)

Trence, Markus (CHEV Diekirch, Luxembourg)

Ubiparp, Zarko (Ribnica, Serbia)

Verhoeff, Rudy (Plessis-Robinson, France)

Vernon Evans, Sharone (Sir Safety Perugia, Italy)

Vigrass, Graham (Fenerbahçe Sports Club, Turkey)

Vriend, Max (VC Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany)

Walsh, Brett (Halkbank Ankara, Turkey)

Wilson, Mark (VK Karlovarsko, Czech Republic)

Wojcik, Robert (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Zhang, Kaijie (Turngemeinde 1861 e.V. Mainz-Gonsenheim, Germany)

Zylstra, Anthony (Randaberg IL, Norway)

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Alexa Gray

Photo: UYBA Volley