Gurjinder Singh of Chandigarh Comets: Bridgestone WSH ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Golden Stick’

Gurjinder Singh (IND)

Gurjinder SinghGurjinder Singh

City / State : Punjab, DOB: 1-04-1994
Field Position : Defender
Junior India debut: Sultan Johor Cup 2011 (Named Captain, but could not play due to injury)
WSH Team: Chandigarh Comets
WSH Goals: 19

Chandigarh Comets’ 18-year-old drag-flick powerhouse Gurjinder Singh made a dream debut in the league, and won Bridgestone WSH ‘Rockstar’ to take home a cash prize of Rs 1 crore . He also shared Bridgestone WSH ‘Golden Stick’ with Syed Imran Warsi from Chennai Cheetahs (19 goals apiece).

His Hockey Story: He comes from a village where every school, every child plays hockey. His interest in hockey grew when he saw India’s international player Prabhjot Singh (from same village) play, and to see someone from that small area representing the national team was very encouraging for Gujinder Singh. So he started playing hockey when he was 10 years old. A year later, he joined the Chandigarh football and hockey academy. Since then, there has been a steady growth. Continue reading →

Sher-e-Punjab: The Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

In the summit clash of Bridgestone World Series Hockey between Sher-e-Punjab and Pune Strykers (who defeated Karnataka Lions (4-1) and Chandigarh Comets (4-4 (3-2 PS)) enroute to finals respectively), it was strykers who started nicely and took lead through Tyron Pereira in the 4th Minute of game. Tyron’s slap shot from the baseline just inside the D, went into net after taking deflection from Harpreet Singh, the Shers’ defender.

Individual Awards:
WSH Rockstar (Rs 1 crore): Gurjinder Singh (Chandigarh Comets).
WSH Indian Superstar (Rs 50 lakh): Roshan Minz (Pune Strykers).
WSH Golden Stick (Rs 25 lakh): Syed Imran Warsi (Chennai Cheetahs) & Gurjinder Singh (Chandigarh Comets) (19 goals apiece).
WSH Game Changer (Rs 25 lakh): Shakeel Abbasi (Delhi Wizards).
WSH Rookie of the Year (Rs 10 lakh): Lalit Upadhyay (Bhopal Badshahs).
WSH Best Coach (Balkrishna Award): Rajinder Singh (Sher-e-Punjab).
Sher-e-Pujab the Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

Sher-e-Pujab the Champions of 1st Bridgestone World Series Hockey

As usual, the Shers came out strongly as wounded Lions, as they not only denied room to Stykers’ strikers but also equalized within 2 minute in an indirect PC conversion, when Indian International VS Vinaya (who also plays in Spanish League) sent the ball into the nets. VS Vinaya, Mandeep Antil and Mathew Hotchkis did the hardwork in mid-field and set up many goal bound moves, but Gurpreet Guri (Stykers’ Goalie) stood tall in front of the nets, before Thakur sent the ball into the net after receiving a pass from Mathew Hotchkis just 2 minutes before Half Time.

Highlights of the Match Continue reading →

Rs. 10 Crores prize money in WSH,Champions to get 4 Crores

The champion team of the inaugural World Series Hockey will get Rs four crore as prize money while the runners-up will be richer by two crore. Total prize money adds to Rs 10 crore and according to WSH organizers they are offering the highest ever prize money for any Hockey event in the world. WSH will feature around 50 players from foreign players in addition to India’s top 150 players.

world series hockeyWorld Series Hockey prize money for the teams are
Champions : INR 4 Crores (40 Million)
Runners Up : INR 2 Crores (20 Million)
3rd Place : INR 1 Crore (10 Million)
4th Place : INR 1 Crore (10 Million)
All WSH franchises have committed to sharing a minimum of 50% of their team winnings with the players.

In addition to the team prize money, there are several individual awards recognizing match winners and stars are as following:
WSH Rockstar (Most Valuable Player) : INR 1 Crore (10 Million)
Indian Super Star (Star Indian Player) : INR 50 lakhs (5 Million)
Golden Stick (Highest Goal Scorer) : INR 25 lakhs (2.5 Million)
Game Changer (Best Midfielder, Defender or Goal Keeper) : INR 25 lakhs (2.5 Million)
Rookie of the Year (Best emerging player under 21) : INR 10 lakhs (1 Million)

In fact the champion team in WSH stands to win almost 30 times more prize money, as compared to the Euro Hockey League, the leading domestic Hockey league in Europe. Yannick Colaco, COO of Nimbus Sport said, “This is a definite game changer for hockey players in India and across the world. WSH has ensured that the time for hockey players to take centre stage is finally here.”

150 Top Indian Players Sign up for WSH: Press Release

150 Indian players, including all the top stars from the current national team have signed on and received advanced payments to play in World Series Hockey. Four of these stars will be captains in the inaugural edition of the tournament. This list includes ‘Rushing’ Goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza, Playmaker Arjun Halappa, Speedy Forward Prabhjot Singh, and ’All Star’ Sardar Singh. The other star Indian players include Ace Drag Flicker Sandeep Singh, Rajpal Singh, super talented goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and emerging champion Yuvraj Walmiki. Continue reading →