Dwyer becomes most capped hockey player

Jamie Dwyer became Australia's most-capped hockey player and scored his 207th goal in the Kookaburras' 7-0 win over Canada on Sunday at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

It was Dwyer's 322nd appearance for Australia, passing Jay Stacy, who retired following the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

"I'm very honoured to have played for Australia," Dwyer said.

"It feels a bit weird passing Jay's record because Jay was one of the main reasons I wanted to play for the Kookaburras.

"I watched him at the '92 Olympics (Barcelona) and in '96 (Atlanta), as a kid I had posters on my wall of him and he's someone I looked up to," Dwyer said.

Five times named world player of the year, Dwyer scored the Kookaburras' fourth goal in the opening-day rout of Canada.

"I'm glad it's done now. There were times last year when I thought that it wasn't going to happen," he said.

"I've never played for personal milestones. I love being out there as part of the team."

Victorian Tim Cross debuted for the world No.1 Australians and scored his first goal just 12 minutes in against Canada.

It was followed a minute later by Dylan Wotherspoon's first goal in only his fifth senior appearance.

Dwyer said it was exciting to see Australia's future looking so bright.

"Tim Cross is my roommate here in Malaysia. He's a young enthusiastic guy who works hard and wants to learn.

"A week and a half ago, he probably had no thoughts of playing here and then he's come in for an injury and put his first shot into the corner.

"That should be a bit of a confidence booster. "I try to give advice and share my experience with guys like him and Dylan Wotherspoon but I also love to feed off their energy."

Despite the world champions' dominance over the 15th-ranked Canadians, it remained 2-0 until shortly before three-quarter time when Eddie Ockenden struck a third.

In the final 10 minutes, play began to open up and Dwyer struck, marking his return to senior international hockey after almost nine months out.

His last game, and last goal, came in June's 6-1 World Cup final demolition of the Netherlands in The Hague with the two-time World Cup winner not selected for the Commonwealth Games and ruled out of the Champions Trophy in December through injury.

Trent Mitton scored 60 seconds after Dwyer to make it 5-0, before a Glenn Simpson penalty corner took it 6-0 and a strike by Jake Whetton finished off the 7-0 win.

Kookaburras coach Graham Reid hailed Dwyer's performance for Australia.

"Jamie is a very special player with a unique set of skills and qualities.

"His commitment, passion for the game and determination has led to his extraordinary longevity in the game at the top level.

"Today's game was a recognition and celebration for Jamie and all players, coaches and off-field staff that have been a part of his career.

"But Jamie now has a firm eye on the present and the future and what extra he can bring to the Kookaburras' group to take us to another level."

Australia's next play Malaysia on Monday at 10:30pm (AEST).

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