Fandom

Ice Hockey Wiki

India national ice hockey team

54,180pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

India
Association Ice Hockey Association of India
Head coach Adam Sherlip
Captain Tundup Namgyal
Most games Several players (5)
Top scorer Ali Amar (1)
Most points Ali Amar (1)
IIHF code IND
First international
Flag of Thailand Thailand 14 - 0 India Flag of India
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; March 15, 2009)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Thailand Thailand 14 - 0 India Flag of India
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; March 15, 2009)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 1
Best result 8th (2009)
International record (W-L-T)
0-5-0

The India national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of India, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Ice hockey in India has surprisingly deep roots. Areas like Shimla, Kashmir and Ladakh have traditionally cold climates. As early as 1985, the Indian Army and local youth started playing the game to occupy themselves in the winter. They used improvised field hockey sticks and converted shoe polish tins to act as pucks.

Today, the sport has come a long way since then. It is played at the national level in Ladakh, Shimla and Kashmir. Even though there are no artificial rinks available in the country, the game flourishes at these locations during the winters.

The northern states of India have six teams that play at the national level and in addition they conduct very active Learn to Play programs for the children and women.

Many ex-pats from the Canadian and Russian consulates in Mumbai and Delhi have been playing the game in Ladakh.

Background of Ice Hockey in Ladakh


The history of Ice hockey dates back to the early 70’s when the Ladakh Scouts, battalion of the Indian army who are posted in the high border regions took up the game. The high Changthang Plateau with its frozen streams and high altitude lakes formed an ideal place to play ice hockey and since then spread amongst the army and continued to be played by them. The game however gained popularity when they began exhibition matches in Leh in the winter. Since there is nothing to do in the harsh winter and the locals began to play in the small irrigation pond in Karzoo, Leh.

Ice Hockey gear was not and is still not available to buy in Ladakh. The few people who have contacts outside Ladakh have requested friends to get ice hockey skates. The Ladakh Scouts are well equipped as they get their gear through the army. The J&K tourism also have a full set of equipment but are quite reluctant to spare any. The only place in India where anything close to ice games and equipment is available is Shimla a small hill station in the northwestern part of India where they have an ice skating rink and fancy ice skating is enjoyed by the young and old alike. 2 Chinese shoemaker brothers here began making ice skates and these are still used.

The local Ladakhis enjoyed this winter sport but due to lack of gear began to improvise and the first teams began by getting the ice skating blades from Shimla and nailing them to the army ammunition boots-quite a feat to balance those huge boots wearing 3-4 layers of socks inside on the blades but this is how they began. Roller skating and ordinary ground hockey sticks were used. What takes the cream is the improvisation of puck-the thick rubber heels of the army and other boots were cut to a rounded shape and used. Goal keepers were the ground hockey pads and helmets were never used and neither were elbow and knee pads by other players. Players were always scared to get hurt but undeterred they played and many had cuts/bruises and stitches on their heads but the game continued.

TeamEdit

Goaltenders
# Player DOB Team
Naik Sonam Gurmat Dec. 22, 1980 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Punchok Wantak May 1, 1973 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Sonam Paldan Jun. 13, 1968 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Defencemen
# Player DOB Team
Abdul Gaffar Giri May 13, 1983 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Tsewang Dorjay May 18, 1970 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Tsewang Phulchok Jan. 5, 1983 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Konchok Rabgais Mar. 1, 1977 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Lopzang Tsewang Jan. 23, 1973 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Rigzen Samdup May 5, 1985 Flag of India Ex Servicemen League
Tsewang Namgail Jun. 3, 1976 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Tundup Namgyal (Captain) Feb. 13, 1975 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Forwards
# Player DOB Team
Abdul Qayoom May 7, 1980 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Ali Amar Feb. 1, 1980 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Phunchok Angchok Mar. 3, 1973 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Deachen Outsal Apr. 6, 1973 Flag of India Indian Army
Ranchen Tundup Oct. 10, 1984 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Thupstan Tsering Jun. 1, 1979 Flag of India Ladakh Scouts Regiment
' Manzoor Hassan Apr. 11, 1979 Flag of India Kargil Ice & Snow Sports Club
Mohammad Ajaz Giri Aug. 28, 1985 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Mohammad Iqbal May 13, 1984 Flag of India Kargil Ice & Snow Sports Club
Mushtaque Ahmed Giri Apr. 28, 1990 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Ponchok Namgail Jul. 15, 1977 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Skarma Tashi Jul. 30, 1977 Flag of India Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Sonam Gayaltson Jul. 3, 1990 Flag of India Ex Servicemen League
Tsering Dorjey Jan. 1, 1975 Flag of India J&K (Blue)
Tsering Dorjey Sangay Jul. 3, 1973 Flag of India J&K (Blue)


External linksEdit

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki