Hero HIL 2014 Trophy and Mascot “Gaurav” Unveiled

The trophy & Mascot of Hero Hockey India League 2014 were unveiled today in New Delhi. The mascot of Hero HIL is named “Gaurav” (meaning – Pride) has been introduced at the trophy unveiling ceremony.

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

Dr Narinder Batra (General Seceretary, Hockey India), Gaurav- the Hockey India League Mascot, Lokesh Kumar, Muthukumar Balakrishnan (Asst Tournament Director), Bjorn Isberg (Tournament Director), Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India), Craig Gribble (Umpires Manager)

The trophy of Hero HIL 2014, looks stunning masterpiece of trophy seems like a crown embedded with Swarovski at top and bottom with two beautiful golden Hockey Sticks on both the sides. The introduction of mascot “Gaurav” will be a new & refreshing chapter in the Hockey India League. The mascot is designed to arouse the interest for Hockey and to connect all hockey fans with the game in a completely redefined manner. Continue reading →

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 →

Yo Yo Honey Singh, John Abraham join in HIL scene

India’s famous rapper, music composer and actor Yo Yo Honey Singh, has endorsed Jaypee Punjab Warriors team for the forthcoming Hockey India League, 2014, while Actor John Abraham, joined the team of Delhi WAVERIDERS as co-owner.

Sardar Singh (Captain of Delhi WAVERIDERS) with co-owner of DWR John Abraham

Sardar Singh (Captain of Delhi WAVERIDERS) with co-owner of DWR John Abraham

Driven by his passion for sports and Hockey, John Abraham will be part of the Delhi WAVERIDERS camp in the league, supporting his team during their games. At time this important announcement, Amar Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi WAVERIDERS said, “Delhi WAVERIDERS stand for dynamism and passion. Continuously evolving and energetic the team’s main aim is to bring alive the true spirit of the game. We have lived up to our philosophy in the first season and would look to keep the same going this season as well. With John Abraham joining us to develop the franchise, we are all committed to fulfill our vision of reigniting the love and passion for our national sport – Hockey from the grass root level.”  Continue reading →

Irish Goalie David Harte is Excited about Hockey India League

Ireland’s Goal Keeper David Harte has been selected by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the Hero Hockey India League. Hero HIL is entering its second season and will begin on January 23rd culminating into the finals on February 23rd 2014.

The auction for this season included 154 players from around the world of which 49 were picked up by the six franchises, players came from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India with a total spend of USD 1.37 million. The highest player going for 81,000 USD (Ramandeep Singh for Uttar Pradesh Wizards). Continue reading →

Nine More Kookaburras and Two Black Sticks join Hockey India League

Nine more Kookaburras and two more Black Sticks have been picked up by the six franchises of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in the closed bid for the second season of the sport’s showpiece league. In all, it brings the number of Kookaburras competing in the Hockey India League to 24 and Black Sticks to just 4.

Kookaburras Hockey Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)Trent Mitton (Perth, WA), Kiel Brown (Toowoomba, QLD), Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD), Russell Ford (Eltham VIC), Glenn Simpson (Eltham, VIC), Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA), Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW), Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA) and Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) went for a total of $317,000 in the weekend’s bidding while Black Sticks Ryan Archibald and Steven Edwards are two Black Sticks who are picked up for a total of $96,000. Continue reading →

YES BANK Joins HIL as Associate Sponsor

New Delhi, 27 November 2013: YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, signs a multi-year deal with the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) commencing with the 2014 season.

YES BANK LogoAnnouncing the deal, HIL Chairman, Dr Narinder Batra, said: “This is a fantastic, long-term partnership for the League. We look forward to our association with YES BANK to mobilise sports innovation and infuse positive energy into Hockey. Hero HIL had a terrific start last year and we are certain with YES BANK on board, it will benefit both the League and our millions of followers around the world. I welcome YES BANK to the Hero HIL family and our joint vision and commitment to the league and its fans will help make the League one of the best and the biggest in the world.” Continue reading →