|Full name||Heath Hocking|
|Date of birth||27 December 1987|
|Original team(s)||Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 20, 2006 rookie draft|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 4, 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Originally from Mooroolbark, he was drafted by Essendon with the 20th selection in the 2006 rookie draft from Eastern Ranges in TAC Cup. He was elevated to the main list in 2007, playing one game late in the 2007 season.
Hocking is a solid and hard-at-it midfielder, who primarily plays a defensive tagging role on opposition midfielders. He finished second in the Essendon's best and fairest award, the Crichton Medal, in 2010 and fifth in 2011.
Hocking, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season.
- Gullan, Scott (7 June 2013). "Essendon gun Heath Hocking carves out career the hard way". Herald Sun.
- "Club Best and Fairest Awards".
- Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- Heath Hocking's profile on the official website of the Essendon Football Club
- Heath Hocking's statistics from AFL Tables
|This Australian rules football biography of a person born in the 1980s is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|