Hockey Players

Hockey players are the individuals who play any of the sports belonging to the hockey family. Hockey is a game in which two teams of 11 players each try to hit a ball into their opponents’ goal using long sticks with a curved end. The history of games similar to hockey can be traced back to many centuries ago. Evidence of games played with curved sticks can be found in the histories of ancient Greece, Ireland and Egypt. The most popular form of hockey is field hockey which became very widespread by the 21st century and is played across the globe. Hockey is especially prominent in Asia, Europe and South America. Another popular form of hockey is ice hockey which is primarily played in countries like the U.S. and Canada. Various hockey events are held in major competitions all over the world including the Olympic Games, Commonwealth games, Hockey World Cup, Champions Trophy, etc. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the body that governs world hockey. Since playing hockey involves a lot of running around, developing leg strength is very important for hockey players who have to undergo strenuous exercises to attain the same. Read on to know about famous hockey players.

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 1 Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3, 1979

Known as The Magician of field hockey, Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest hockey players from India, is remembered for his three Olympic gold medals and for his ability to control the ball. The Padma Bhushan awardee initially loved wrestling but deviated to hockey after joining the army.

 2 Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh
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Famous As: Indian Field Hckey Player
Birthdate: February 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahabad Markanda, Haryana

Sandeep Singh is an Indian field hockey player who led the Indian team in the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where his team defeated Malaysia in the finals. Singh also helped his team win a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2010. His life inspired the 2018 biographical film Soorma.

 3 Jamie Dwyer

Jamie Dwyer
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Famous As: Field Hockey Player
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockhampton

 4 Ric Charlesworth

Ric Charlesworth
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Famous As: Sports Consultant, Field Hockey Player
Birthdate: February 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Subiaco

Apart from coaching the Australian women's hockey team, former Australian MP and professional cricket and field hockey player Ric Charlesworth has also served as a consultant for the New Zealand national cricket team and the Fremantle Football Club. Charlesworth has also penned books such as Shakespeare the Coach.

 5 Sam Quek

Sam Quek
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Famous As: Hockey player
Birthdate: October 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, United Kingdom

 6 Alyson Annan

Alyson Annan
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: June 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia
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 7 Alastair Denniston

Alastair Denniston
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Famous As: Field hockey player at the 1908 Summer Olympics
Birthdate: December 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: January 1, 1961

Alastair Denniston was a Scottish code breaker and hockey player. He was deputy head of the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) from 1919 to 1942. As a member of the Scottish Olympic hockey team in 1908, he won a bronze medal. He worked as a code breaker during the war years. He taught French and Latin following his retirement. 

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 8 Helen Richardson-Walsh

Helen Richardson-Walsh
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: September 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
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 9 Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Porirua, New Zealand

 10 Gemma Flynn

Gemma Flynn
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand
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 11 Nova Peris

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Nova Peris is an Australian athlete and former politician. In 1996, she became the first Aboriginal Australian to earn a gold medal at the Olympics; she was part of the women's hockey team that won the gold medal. She switched sports to sprinting and participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m relay events. 

 12 Bob Gainey

Bob Gainey
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: December 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peterborough

Five-time Stanley Cup-winning ice-hockey player is known for his stint with the Montreal Canadiens. Named to the Hockey Hall of Fame, he has also been the general manager of the Dallas Stars and the Canadiens and an interim coach. He was also part of the gold-winning team that won the Canada Cup.

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 13 Honor Carter

Honor Carter
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blenheim, New Zealand

 14 Maddie Hinch

Maddie Hinch
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: October 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Chiltington, West Sussex, England
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 15 Alex Danson

Alex Danson
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England

 16 Naomi van As

Naomi van As
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
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 17 Fatima Moreira de Melo

Fatima Moreira de Melo
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 18 Ellen Hoog

Ellen Hoog
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bloemendaal, Netherlands
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 19 Hollie Webb

Hollie Webb
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: September 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belper, England

 20 Rani Rampal

Rani Rampal
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: December 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shahabad Markanda, Haryana, India

Born to a cart-puller in Haryana, Rani Rampal became the youngest player of the Indian squad to have ever participated in the Hockey World Cup. Later, she led the team as its captain and scored an Asia Cup victory after 13 years. The Padma Shri awardee has also coached for SAI.

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 21 Sid Abel

Sid Abel
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Famous As: Hockey Player, Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: February 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melville, Canada
Died: February 8, 2000

Sid Abel, known as Old Bootnose in his childhood, grew up to be one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Apart from winning three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings as a player, he also led the Wings to four Stanley Cup finals as a coach.

 22 Chitrashi Rawat

Chitrashi Rawat
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Famous As: Hockey player
Birthdate: November 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Raipur, Uttarakhand, India

Chitrashi Rawat is an Indian model, actress, and field hockey player. She is best known for her portrayal of Komal Chautala in the 2007 sports film Chak De! India. In 2008, she received the Star Screen Award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role. She then went on to play important roles in popular films like Fashion and Luck.

 23 Dhanraj Pillay

Dhanraj Pillay
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Khadki, Pune, India

Legendary hockey player Dhanraj Pillay, who revolutionized Indian sports with his talent, appeared in four Olympics and four World Cups. He also led India to gold medals in the Asia Cup, the Asian Games, and the Champions Challenge. The Padma Shri awardee is now an Aam Aadmi Party member.

 24 Fiona Johnson

Fiona Johnson
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

 25 Janet Smith

Janet Smith
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1915 AD
Birthplace: Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Died: December 3, 1994

Educator Janet Smith is best remembered as the wife of former Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith. Born to Scottish parents in Cape Town, Janet was a talented hockey player and later married a rugby player. Her first husband died in an accident during a rugby practice match.

 26 Sardara Singh

Sardara Singh
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Famous As: Field hockey player - Halfback
Birthdate: July 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santnagar, Sirsa, Haryana, India

Sardara Singh is an Indian retired field hockey player who captained the men's national team from 2008 to 2016. In 2014, he helped his team win the gold medal at the Asian Games in Incheon. He also won the gold medal at the 2017 Asia Cup in Dhaka. In 2015, Sardara Singh was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri Award.

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 27 Susannah Townsend

Susannah Townsend
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: July 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackheath, London, England

 28 Sophie Bray

Sophie Bray
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grasse, France
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 29 Luciana Aymar

Luciana Aymar
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: August 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

 30 Vandana Katariya

Vandana Katariya
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: April 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India

Vandana Katariya is an Indian hockey player who achieved national recognition in 2013 when she became India's top goal-scorer in the Women's Hockey Junior World Cup, helping her team win a bronze medal. As a member of the senior team, Vandana Katariya helped the team win the bronze and silver medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games respectively.

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 31 Ernest Bohr

Ernest Bohr
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died: February 26, 2018

 32 Florian Fuchs

Florian Fuchs
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: November 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
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 33 Lily Owsley

Lily Owsley
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: December 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bristol, England

 34 Nicola White

Nicola White
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: January 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaw and Crompton, Greater Manchester, England
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 35 Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: April 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

 36 Hannah Macleod

Hannah Macleod
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: June 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Lincolnshire, England
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 37 Anna Flanagan

Anna Flanagan
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: January 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

 38 Giselle Ansley

Giselle Ansley
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: March 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingsbridge, Devon, England

 39 Eva de Goede

Eva de Goede
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zeist, Netherlands

 40 Shona McCallin

Shona McCallin
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newark, Nottinghamshire, England

 41 Kate Richardson-Walsh

Kate Richardson-Walsh
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England

 42 Nancy White

Nancy White
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 43 Kayla Whitelock

Kayla Whitelock
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: October 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand

 44 Noriko Kariya

Noriko Kariya
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

 45 Balbir Singh Sr.

Balbir Singh Sr.
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: December 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haripur Khalsa, Punjab, India
Died: May 25, 2020

Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. is remembered as one of the greatest center-forwards in the world. Born to a freedom fighter father, he was later inspired by India’s 1936 Olympic hockey win and took up the sport. He later made history by winning three Olympic hockey gold medals.

 46 Elise Stacy

Elise Stacy
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: April 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 47 Chloe Watkins

Chloe Watkins
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Unknown

 48 Paige Selenski

Paige Selenski
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: June 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States

 49 Nicola Daly

Nicola Daly
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 50 Danni Roche

Danni Roche
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia