Hockey India League signs Teun de Nooijer as its third Brand Ambassador

New Delhi, December 15: Hockey India League is pleased to announce three times FIH World Player of the Year Teun de Nooijer as its third Brand Ambassador for the Hockey India League due to start in January 2013.

Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

File Photo: Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

Hockey India Secretary General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said  it is an immense honour for having Teun de Nooijer as our Brand Ambassador who has contributed more than 18 years to international hockey. “We already have two World Class players Jamie Dwyer and Sardar Singh on  board as our Brand Ambassadors, so its good to have world most highest capped player as our third Brand Ambassador”.  Continue reading →

Barry Anderson named Hockey India League Tournament Director

NEW DELHI, December 2: Hockey India League (HIL) has appointed the seasoned Barry Anderson as Tournament Director for the six-team franchise-based event to be held from 17 January 2013.

Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson

Hockey India Secretary General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr. Narinder Batra said the appointment of Mr. Anderson is a major step towards ensuring that the league is technically well conducted. “Together with Steve Catton’s appointment as Competitions Director, Barry’s coming on board as Tournament Director will make this a great event,” he said.

Mr. Anderson said he was delighted to have been appointed Tournament Director. “I am also looking forward to working with Hockey India, world class hockey players and team officials as well as some top class umpires and technical officials to make sure that the Hockey India League is well and truly a top-notch tournament. Continue reading →

HIL postponed to January 17, Players’ Auction is deferred to Dec 16

 NEW DELHI, November 26: The Governing Council of Hockey India League has decided to defer the Hockey India League Players’ Auction by a fortnight to December 16 and the start of the Hockey India League to January 17, 2013. The League will now conclude on February 17, 2013.

Hockey India League LogoHockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the decision was made in the best interest of hockey since some franchises are new to hockey and most of the coaches they were hiring were tied down with the FIH Champions Trophy in Melbourne and would not be able to take part in the Players’ Auction set for early December. Continue reading →

India’s 152 players in the Hockey India League Players’ Auction

NEW DELHI, November 21: Hockey India Secretary General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra expressed confidence that the quality of competition in the inaugural edition of the tournament, scheduled from January 5 to February 3, 2013, would be very high and that the Indian players would draw a great deal from the event.

Hockey India League LogoReleasing the list of 152 Indian players who have signed up for the Hockey India League Players’ Auction to be held in the capital in December, Dr Batra said Hockey India League was proud of having not only sparked interest in the hockey fraternity but also ensured more than 250 players, including over 90 players from overseas has signed up for the HIL Players’ Auction. Continue reading →

HIL Players’ Auction: 24 Australians & 15 Pakistani among 91 overseas players

NEW DELHI, November 19: As many as 24 Australian hockey players, including all 16 members of the squad that won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games at London earlier this year, are among the 91 overseas players who have signed up for the Hockey India League Players’ Auction to be held here in December in the run up to the six-team event in early 2013.

Dr Narinder Batra

Dr Narinder Batra

“A look at the list of players will assure the hockey fraternity that it is in for an intensely competitive event from 5 January to 3 February 2013,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “We are confident that the quality of hockey on view in the 33 matches will be very high and exciting.

“We are happy that a vast majority of the world’s best players from 12 countries besides over 150 Indians have made themselves available for Hockey India League,” Dr Batra said.  “It will be of particular interest to hockey lovers here that, with 15 players in the Auction, Pakistan is second only to Australia in terms of numbers. Continue reading →

Burmans take up Mumbai Franchise of Hockey India League

NEW DELHI, November 14: The Burman family, promoters of the consumer conglomerate Dabur India Ltd, has bought the Mumbai franchise of the prestigious Hockey India League (HIL) that aims to give hockey a new profile. The western megapolis joins Delhi, Lucknow, Ranchi and Punjab as the fifth team in the Hockey India League.

Hockey India League Logo“We are pleased to welcome the Burman family into our fold as HIL Mumbai franchisee,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “We are excited that the family behind one of India’s biggest consumer powerhouses has come on board and are confident that, like the other franchisees, it will develop a competitive squad.” Continue reading →