India men's national ice hockey team

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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 Shomit Datta
Assistants Abdul Hakim
Captain Tsewang Gyaltson
Most games Mohd Iqbal (19)
Mushtaque Giri (19)
Most points Mohd Iqbal (8)
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)

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. 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.


Roster for the 2016 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Division I.[1]

# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Nawang Dorje L 163 cm 58 kg (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 28) India No Team
15 Sonam Gurmat L 163 cm 77 kg (1980-12-22) 22 December 1980 (age 35) IndiaNo Team
32 Gamandeep Singh L 173 cm 86 kg (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 21) IndiaNo Team
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
87 Ali Amir L 175 cm 70 kg (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 36) India No Team
7 Tsewang Gyaltson R 175 cm 63 kg (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 23) India No Team
21 Stanzin Namgyal R 172 cm 61 kg (1993-09-24) 24 September 1993 (age 23) India No Team
29 Rigzin Norboo L 164 cm 63 kg (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 24) India No Team
44 Thinless Nurboo R 165 cm 50 kg (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 32) India No Team
73 Tsewang Punchok L 169 cm 59 kg (1983-01-05) 5 January 1983 (age 33) India No Team
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
5 Amit Belwal L 166 cm 68 kg (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 23) India No Team
48 Brij Bhupinder Singh L 177 cm 64 kg (1997-01-06) 6 January 1997 (age 19) India No Team
4 Mohd Ajaz Giri R 175 cm 65 kg (1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 31) India No Team
9 Tsewang Namgail R 172 cm 62 kg (1988-08-06) 6 August 1988 (age 28) India No Team
55 Lundup Namgail R 175 cm 72 kg (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 32) India No Team
10 Stanzin Namgyal R 167 cm 53 kg (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 21) India No Team
45 Rigzin Norboo L 163 cm 60 kg (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 29) India No Team
49 Aashu Singh R 165 cm 58 kg (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 24) India No Team
57 Gonbo Tashi R 175 cm 74 kg (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 27) India No Team
27 Virender Thapa L 173 cm 70 kg (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 27) India No Team
74 Chamba Tsetan R 163 cm 58 kg (1994-01-30) 30 January 1994 (age 22) India No Team
99 Rinchen Tundup R 177 cm 62 kg (1984-10-07) 7 October 1984 (age 32) India No Team


  1. ^ "2016 Challenge Cup of Asia Division I - India(Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

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