FIH announce the winners of the FIH 2014 Player of the Year

  • FIH 2014 International Players of the Year – Mark Knowles and Ellen Hoog
  • FIH 2014 Goalkeepers of the Year – Jaap Stockmann and Joyce Sombroek
  • FIH 2014 Rising Stars of the Year – Gonzalo Peillat and Florencia Habif

15 January 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce the winners of the FIH 2014 Player of the Year Awards.

The Awards comprised six categories in the search for the very best players in the world during 2014.  A shortlist was compiled for each category by an expert panel of hockey professionals.  And then the voting began. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Captain Knowles Named International Player of the Year

Australian men’s hockey captain Mark Knowles has been named as the sport’s International Player of the Year for 2014. In the award was announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Thursday, Dutch superstar Ellen Hoog has been unveiled as the women’s International Player of the Year for 2014.

Mark Knowles Australia Kukaburras Captain

Mark Knowles (Australia Captain) named International Player of Year for 2014

The International Goalkeeper of the Year titles were dominated by the Netherlands players as Jaap Stockmann and Joyce Sombroek took the respective titles. While, previously called the Young Player of the Year, the International Male and Female Rising Stars of the Year both went to Argentina with Gonzalo Peillat and Florencia Habif scooping the Awards respectively.

The 30 year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland, topped the polling after leading the Kookaburras to dual gold medal success as Australia clinched the World Cup and Commonwealth Games titles within six weeks of one another. Continue reading →

Germany Sweep FIH Awards for Men 2nd year in a row

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that Germany’s Tobias Hauke and Christopher Rühr have been named as the men’s Player of the Year and Talent of the Year for 2013.

Christopher Rühr of Germany in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

File Photo: Christopher Rühr of Germany in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Hauke is the second successive Germany international to be crowned as the world’s best player, following in the footsteps of 2012 winner and fellow midfielder Moritz Fürste and with the dazzlingly gifted Christopher Rühr succeeds 2012 title holder Florian Fuchs to make it for 2nd year in a row for Germany to win both the awards.

The brilliant defensive midfielder, Tobias Hauke, received his award from Alberto Budeisky, FIH Executive Board member, at a special presentation ceremony at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi, India. Continue reading →