India national ice hockey team

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India
Shirt badge/Association crest
A version of the national federations logo is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Ice Hockey Association of India
Head coach Adam Sherlip
Assistants Abdul Hakim
Captain Mushtague Giri
Most games Mohd Iqbal (19)
Mushtaque Giri (19)
Most points Mohd Iqbal (8)
IIHF code IND
Team colors               
First international
 Thailand 14 – 0 India 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 15 March 2009)
Biggest win
 India 5 – 1 Macau 
(Dehradun, India; 21 March 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Kuwait 39 – 2 India 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 26 April 2011)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 4 (first in 2009)
Best result 6th (2011)
International record (W–L–T)
1–18–0

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

Background of Ice Hockey in Ladakh[edit]

The history of ice hockey in India dates back almost 100 years, when ice hockey was a favourite pastime for the British in Shimla, Punjab. The Shimla Ice Skating Club is still very active in promoting ice sports in India. In the early '70s, the Ladakh Scouts, a battalion of the Indian army posted in the high border regions, took up the game. The high Changthang Plateau's frozen streams and high altitude lakes make the region an ideal place to play ice hockey, and as a result the game spread amongst the army. The game gained more widespread popularity exhibition matches began taking place in Leh in the winter. With little to do during the region's harsh winters, locals began to play on a small irrigation pond in Karzoo, Leh.

Ice hockey gear was not and is still not available to buy in Ladakh. The few locals 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 Jammu & Kashmir department of tourism also has a full set of equipment, but is reluctant to spare any. The only place in India where ice sports equipment is readily available is Shimla, a small hill station in the northwestern part of India, where two Chinese brothers began making skates that are still used today.

Due to the lack of accessible equipment, Ladhakis began to improvise, with the first teams obtaining ice skating blades from Shimla and nailing them to army ammunition boots. Roller skates and ground hockey sticks were also used. To create pucks, locals cut the thick, rubber heels of army boots into a rounded shape. Goal keepers wore ground hockey pads but lacked helmets; neither helmets nor knee and elbow pads were used by other players. Despite injuries due to this lack of protective gear, the game has continued to grow in popularity in the region.

Team[edit]

Adam Sherlip is the coach of the India national ice hockey team.[1]

Goaltenders
# Player DOB Team
Punchok Wantak (1973-05-01) 1 May 1973 (age 41) J&K (Blue)
Sonam Paldan (1968-06-13) 13 June 1968 (age 46) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Defencemen
# Player DOB Team
Abdul Gaffar Giri (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 31) J&K (Blue)
Tsewang Dorjay (1970-05-18) 18 May 1970 (age 44) Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Tsewang Phulchok (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 31) Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Konchok Rabgais (1977-03-01) 1 March 1977 (age 37) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Rigzen Samdup (1985-05-05) 5 May 1985 (age 29) Ex Servicemen League
Tsewang Namgail (1976-06-03) 3 June 1976 (age 38) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Tundup Namgyal (Captain) (1975-02-13) 13 February 1975 (age 39) J&K (Blue)
Forwards
# Player DOB Team
Abdul Qayoom (1980-05-07) 7 May 1980 (age 34) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Ali Amar (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 34) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Phunchok Angchok (1973-03-03) 3 March 1973 (age 41) Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Deachen Outsal (1973-04-06) 6 April 1973 (age 41) Indian Army
Ranchen Tundup (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 29) Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Thupstan Tsering (1979-06-01) 1 June 1979 (age 35) Ladakh Scouts Regiment
Mohammad Ajaz Giri (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 28) J&K (Blue)
Mohammad Iqbal (1984-05-13) 13 May 1984 (age 30) Kargil Ice & Snow Sports Club
Mushtaque Ahmed Giri (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 (age 24) J&K (Blue)
Ponchok Namgail (1977-07-15) 15 July 1977 (age 37) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Skarma Tashi (1977-07-30) 30 July 1977 (age 37) Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Sonam Gayaltson (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 24) Ex-Servicemen League
Tsering Dorjey Sangay (1973-07-03) 3 July 1973 (age 41) J&K (Blue)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ India National Team Roster