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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
GM Flag of India Samarth Sharma
Head coach Flag of India Abdul Hakim
Assistants Flag of Canada Alexandre la bouze Touzel
Captain Tsewang Gyaltson
Most games Skarma Tashi (29)
Most points Mohd Iqbal &
Ali Amir (12)
IIHF code IND
IIHF ranking NR (6 June 2021)[1]
Team colours                    
First international
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 14–0 India Flag of India.png
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 15 March 2009)
Biggest win
Flag of India.png India 5–1 Macau Flag of Macau.png
(Dehradun, India; 21 March 2012)
Flag of India.png India 7–3 Macau Flag of Macau.png
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 25 April 2017)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait 39–2 India Flag of India.png
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 26 April 2011)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 9 (first in 2009)
Best result 6th (2011, 2012)
International record (W-L-T)
4–37–0

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The Indian national ice hockey team () is the national men's ice hockey team of India. They are controlled by the Ice Hockey Association of India and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). India is currently not ranked in the IIHF World Ranking and have not entered in any World Championships tournaments or at any Olympic Games, but have played in the Challenge Cup of Asia, a regional tournament for lower-tier hockey nations in Asia.


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.

Tournament record[]

Challenge Cup of Asia[]

Year Host Result Pld W OW OL L
2008 Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Did not participate
2009 Flag of United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 8th place 5 0 0 0 5
2010 Flag of Chinese Taipei Taipei City Did not participate
2011 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait City 6th place 5 0 0 0 5
2012 Flag of India Dehradun 6th place 5 1 0 0 4
2013 Flag of Thailand Bangkok 10th place 4 0 0 0 4
2014 Flag of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek 10th place
(4th in Division I)
5 0 0 0 5
2015 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait City 11th place
(6th in Division I)
5 0 0 0 5
2016 Flag of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek 10th place
(5th in Division I)
4 0 0 0 4
2017 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait City 7th place
(2nd in Division I)
3 2 0 0 1
2018 Flag of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 9th place
(4th in Division I)
5 1 0 0 4

Current squad[]

Squad for the 2017 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Division I.[2]

# 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of 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

)


Flag of India Unattached

All-time record against other nations[]

Last match update: 29 March 2018[3]

Team GP W T L GF GA
Flag of Hong Kong.png Hong Kong 2 0 0 2 0 36
Flag of Indonesia.png Indonesia 2 0 0 2 3 8
Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait 4 0 0 4 11 70
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.png Kyrgyzstan 4 0 0 4 6 44
Flag of Macau.png Macau 10 3 0 7 27 47
Flag of Malaysia.jpg Malaysia 6 0 0 6 15 78
Flag of Mongolia.gif Mongolia 2 0 0 2 0 30
Flag of Oman.png Oman 2 1 0 1 8 8
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 1 0 0 1 2 5
Flag of Singapore.gif 5 0 0 5 9 42
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 2 0 0 2 0 43
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.gif United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0 10
Total 41 4 0 37 81 429

References[]

  1. IIHF Men's World Ranking (6 June 2021).
  2. 2017 Challenge Cup of Asia Div I - India (Men). International Ice Hockey Federation.
  3. India Men All Time Results. National Teams of Ice Hockey.

External links[]

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