Hero HIL to Kickstart with Gala Opening Ceremony

Hero Hockey India League (HIL) will kickstart with a gala opening ceremony on 7 pm at on 25th January at Mohali.This year, the league has six franchises and will be played in across Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Lucknow over a period of almost four weeks.

Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony

File Photo: Captains of 5 HIL Teams during Opening Ceremony of 1st Edition of HIL

The opening ceremony Hero HIL 2014 will be witnessed by the spectators at the stadium and TV viewers will be able to catch it LIVE on Star Sports. The evening divided into 9 segments will see many performances unfolding in front of them, hence giving the audience and spectators 30 minutes of absolute entertainment.

The winning team of this edition, which will start off with this gala ceremony, will take home a cash prize of Rs. 2.5cr, the runners-up team will be richer by Rs.1.25cr and the team placed at the 3rd position will take away Rs.75lacs. The Player of the Tournament will be presented with cash prize of Rs. 25 lacs, while the player with the maximum goals will get the Airtel Maximum goals award and Rs. 10 lacs cash prize. The upcoming player will be awarded with the Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament Award and cash prize of Rs. 20 lacs. The player who makes everyone proud will win the Yes Garv Award and a cash prize of Rs.10 lacs while each man of the match wins Rs. 25,000. Continue reading →

Complete 6 HIL Teams after Closed Bids, UP Wizards paid 81k USD for Ramandeep

Youngsters and Foreign players stole the show at the Hero HIL Closed Bids held today at Hotel the Lalit in New Delhi. In the Hero Hockey India League closed bid, a total of 49 players from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India were bought by the 6 franchises who spent a total of USD 1.37 million.

Ramandeep Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Ramandeep Singh

Talented Indian Forward Ramandeep Singh was the top pick today and he was bought by UP Wizards by whopping price of USD 81,000, followed by Ryan Archibald of New Zealand who was acquired by Kalinga Lancers for USD 71,000/- while Nikkin Thimmaiah (India) and Trent Mitton (Australia) were bought for USD 59,000/- by UP Wizards and Dabur Mumbai Magicians Respectively.

Out of the total 154, the list of 49 players who were sold in the bid includes 28 Indians and 21 overseas players. The newly introduced franchise Kalinga Lancers from Odisha bought 24 new players while Ranchi Rhinos bought 1 player i.e. England Captain Barry Middleton, Dabur Mumbai Magicians 11 players, Uttar Pradesh Wizards 4 players, Jaypee Punjab Warriors 5 players and Delhi Waveriders 4 players. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey India League 2014 from January 23 with Six Teams

7 June 2013: After the successful inaugural edition of the Hero HIL, Hockey India today announced the dates for 2nd edition of the tournament Hero Hockey India League 2014. The month long second edition will be played from Thursday 23 January 2014 with the final on Sunday 23 February 2014.

Ranchi Rhions the Hockey India League 2013 Champions

The first edition was won by the Ranchi Rhinos in front of a packed stadium in Ranchi, which was telecasted in 146 countries across the globe.

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South African Gregg Clark to Coach Indian Junior Hockey Team

New Delhi, 7 April 2013: Hockey India today announced the appointment of Gregg Clark as the Coach of the Junior Men National Hockey Team.

Gregg Clark-Ranchi Rhinos and Junior Men National Hockey Team Coach

File Photo: Gregg Clark-Junior Men National Hockey Team Coach

Hockey India Secretary General Dr Narinder Batra said that the appointment of Gregg Clark is an important step ahead of the Junior World Cup to be played in India at the end of this year. “Being the hosts of the Junior World Cup I think this is the best opportunity for India to achieve a top 3 finish in the most prestigious Junior Men Hockey Tournament. We are confident that under the guidance of Gregg Clark and Baljeet Saini the Indian team will be well prepared for this mega event” he said. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rhinos Stun Delhi Waveriders to Clinch Hero Hockey India League Trophy

Ranchi, 10 February 2013: Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders 2-1 in a cracker of a game to win the first ever Hero Hockey India League, earlier in the day Uttar Pradesh Wizards came from behind (0-3) to beat (4-3) Jaypee Punjab Warriors to finish third, at Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday.

The Waveriders went ahead with a fine strike by Simon Child, Austin Smith drew the hosts level through a drag flick on a PC with a little bit of variation. And in the final quarter, Manpreet Singh’s strike on PC sealed the title for the hosts, who had 12th man with them i.e. a packed capacity crowd.

Hockey India League 2013 Awards:

WINNERS (Prize Money Rs 2,50,00,000/-): Ranchi Rhinos
RUNNERS-UP (Prize Money: Rs 1,25,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders
Third Place (Prize Money: Rs 75,00,000/-): Uttar Pradesh Wizards

Fair-Play Award: Ranchi Rhinos

Hero Player of the Tournament ( Rs 25,00,000/-): Sardar Singh
‘Ponty Chadha Trophy’ for Upcoming Player of the Tournament ( Rs 20,00,000/-): Mandeep Singh

‘Airtel Award’ for Most Goals in the Tournament ( Rs 10,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders

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Rhinos take on consistent Waveriders in front home crowd in Hockey India League Final

Ranchi, 10 January 2013: Consistent Delhi Waveriders and fluent Ranchi Rhinos will fight it out in front of Ranchi crowd to decide who will be crowned the winner of the inaugural Hero Hockey India to get richer by Rs 2.5 crore on Sunday.

Ranchi Rhinos vs Delhi Waveriders in the Final of HIL 2013

The two teams booked a date in the summit clash in contrasting fashion with the Rhinos clinching the victory (4-2) over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the first semi-final, while Waveriders outplayed the Warriors but required a 68th minute strike from Lloyd Norris Jones to seal a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Continue reading →