New Delhi, 13 January 2013: Hockey lovers across the world would be treated to a mouth-watering outlay of high quality hockey with the inaugural edition of the Hero Hockey India League set to kick off with the opening encounter between Delhi Waveriders and Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium here on Monday.
Hockey India Secretary General & Chairman of Hero Hockey India League Dr. Narinder Batra and Managing Director & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd Mr. Pawan Munjal with the Hero Hockey India League Trophy
The tournament, conceptualised by Hockey India and sanction by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), will see five teams to compete for top honour.
On paper, there is hardly anything to choose between the five squads that boast of the world’s best 120 players and even the bookmakers would find it difficult to pick a clear favourite at the start of the tournament, which will be played in a home-away format over the next one month. Continue reading →
Players, coaches, fans and sponsors are the four pillars on which a sport grows. These are main factors which jointly take a sport forward. Mumbai Magicians’ main goal-keeper PR Sreejesh believes that the Hero Hockey India League will strengthen these four pillars of Indian hockey. The League will improve the technical skills of players and coaches, as well as entertain fans worldwide and bring more sponsors to this sport.
P R Sreejesh
“The Hero Hockey India League will take us to a new level. Both players and coaches will gain a lot from the league,” Sreejesh said in an interview, adding: “The League will surely improve our physical and mental skills. All the teams have world class players and coaches, and they will apply their experience to bring high-level tactics on the field. The matches will be intense and that will improve our game.” Continue reading →
Hero Hockey India League
The Schedule and Results
Inaugural Hero Hockey India League
Teams: Delhi Waveriders, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Mumbai Magicians, Ranchi Rhinos and Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Venues: Delhi (book tickets), Jalandhar, Lucknow (book tickets), Mumbai and Ranchi.
ESPN Star Sports live in India,
Fox Sports live in Australia,
Super Sports in South Africa
One World Sports in Americas
and live on internet here on official YouTube channel of HIL.
The Schedule and Results of Hockey India League are here:
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16 Dec 2012: Today, the players’ auctions of Hockey India League (HIL), a professional league for field hockey competition in India, were held in the capital city of India, New Delhi. The tournament, organized by Hockey India, will be contested among six franchisee-based teams consisting of players from India and around the world.
Though only five franchises namely, Delhi WAVERIDERS, Mumbai Magicians, Punjab Warriors, Ranchi Rhinos and Uttar Pradesh Wizards are decided till date, the auctions were completed and teams were decided. Each team consists of 14 Indian and 10 overseas players and are given at the end of this article.
The team lists are as given below: Continue reading →