India men's 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
General Manager India Samarth Sharma
Head coach India Abdul Hakim
Assistants Canada Alexandre Touzel
Captain Tsewang Gyaltson
Most games Skarma Tashi (29)
Most points Mohd Iqbal &
Ali Amir (12)
Team colors               
IIHF code IND
First international
 Thailand 14–0 India 
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 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 7 (first in 2009)
Best result 6th (2011)
International record (W–L–T)
1–32–0

The Indian national ice hockey team (Hindi: भारतीय राष्ट्रीय आइस हॉकी टीम) is the national men's ice hockey team of India and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

History[edit]

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. 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 lack of accessible equipment, Ladakhis 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. Goalkeepers 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.

Tournament record[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Division I.[1]

# Name Pos S/C Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Dorje, NawangNawang Dorje G L 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1988-02-01)1 February 1988 (aged 29) India Unattached
5 Belwal, AmitAmit Belwal F L 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1993-03-10)10 March 1993 (aged 24) India Unattached
6 Zangpo, NawangNawang Zangpo D L 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1994-04-05)5 April 1994 (aged 23) India Unattached
7 Gyaltson, TsewangTsewang Gyaltson D R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1992-11-16)16 November 1992 (aged 24) India Unattached
13 Hussain, ZakirZakir Hussain F R 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in) 50 kg (110 lb) (1982-03-04)4 March 1982 (aged 35) India Unattached
21 Namgyal, StanzinStanzin Namgyal D R 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in) 63 kg (139 lb) (1993-09-24)24 September 1993 (aged 23) India Unattached
27 Thapa, VirenderVirender Thapa F L 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1998-10-27)27 October 1998 (aged 18) India Unattached
29 Norboo, RigzinRigzin Norboo D R 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1992-10-23)23 October 1992 (aged 24) India Unattached
30 Dorjay, TsewangTsewang Dorjay F R 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 53 kg (117 lb) (1997-12-29)29 December 1997 (aged 19) India Unattached
32 Singh, GamandeepGamandeep Singh G L 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1995-03-01)1 March 1995 (aged 22) India Unattached
38 Dorjey, TsewangTsewang Dorjey F R 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 58 kg (128 lb) (1990-03-31)31 March 1990 (aged 27) India Unattached
41 Kunzang, JigmathJigmath Kunzang F R 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1991-04-05)5 April 1991 (aged 26) India Unattached
44 Nurboo, ThinlessThinless Nurboo D R 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in) 56 kg (123 lb) (1984-05-15)15 May 1984 (aged 32) India Unattached
45 Norboo, RigzinRigzin Norboo F R 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (1987-01-04)4 January 1987 (aged 30) India Unattached
49 Singh, AashuAashu Singh F R 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 58 kg (128 lb) (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 25) India Unattached
57 Gyamjung, TashiTashi Gyamjung F R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 74 kg (163 lb) (1989-03-01)1 March 1989 (aged 28) India Unattached
61 Tsering, TashiTashi Tsering D R 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in) 54 kg (119 lb) (1996-11-29)29 November 1996 (aged 20) India Unattached
72 Tsetan, ChambaChamba Tsetan F R 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 50 kg (110 lb) (1994-01-30)30 January 1994 (aged 23) India Unattached
87 Amir, AliAli Amir D R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1980-02-01)1 February 1980 (aged 37) India Unattached
99 Tundup, RinchenRinchen Tundup F R 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in) 62 kg (137 lb) (1984-10-07)7 October 1984 (aged 32) India Unattached

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Challenge Cup of Asia Div I - India (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 

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