HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth's Kalk brothers are headed to Israel to compete as members of Team Canada in the Maccabiah Games set to begin this week.
Men's hockey rising senior Corey Kalk and his brother Zach Kalk — a rising sophomore on the men's soccer team — head to Jerusalem as members of the Canadian contingent set to represent in their respective sports.
Though they spend a majority of their time in Hanover now, the Kalks are natives of Maple, Ontario.
The Maccabiah Games are open to Jewish athletes from around the world, as well as to all Israeli athletes regardless of religion, and are the third-largest international sporting event in the world behind only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
“It's an honor to represent my country in any type of tournament,” Corey said. “Additionally, it's a privilege to serve as a representative of the Jewish community and something that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life.”
Corey and the Canadian hockey team begin with a matchup against the United States on Wednesday, July 5, before games against Germany (July 9) and Israel (July 12) prior to the medal round. Kalk was tabbed as an alternate captain and will don the ‘A' on his national sweater during his time in Israel.
“I will echo the sentiments of my brother and say I'm very excited to visit Israel for the first time and represent my country in the sport I love,” Zach said. “It's very special to be going to the games with my brother and experience this with him, but as members of different teams with the ability to cheer one another on.”
Zach and the Canadians are part of Group C and will play Peru (July 6), Uruguay (July 9) and Brazil (July 10) in the opening stage, looking to secure a berth into the quarterfinal round.