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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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Dhyan Chand
(One of the Greatest Field Hockey Players in History)
Dhyan Chand
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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.

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Sandeep Singh
(Indian Field Hckey Player)
Sandeep Singh
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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.

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Jamie Dwyer
(Field Hockey Player)
Jamie Dwyer
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Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockhampton
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Ric Charlesworth
(Sports Consultant, Field Hockey Player)
Ric Charlesworth
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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.

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Wyatt Russell
(Actor and Former Hockey Player)
Wyatt Russell
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Birthdate: July 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Wyatt Russell was a professional ice-hockey player before he stepped into acting. He is best known for his roles in the films 22 Jump Street, Shimmer Lake, and Overlord and the series Lodge 49. He has been cast as John Walker/U.S. Agent in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
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Sam Quek
(Hockey player)
Sam Quek
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Birthdate: October 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, United Kingdom
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Alyson Annan
(Field hockey player)
Alyson Annan
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Birthdate: June 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia
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Alastair Denniston
(Field hockey player at the 1908 Summer Olympics)
Alastair Denniston
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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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Helen Richardson-Walsh
(Field hockey player)
Helen Richardson-Walsh
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Birthdate: September 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
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Sophie Devine
(Cricketer)
Sophie Devine
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Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Porirua, New Zealand
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Nova Peris
(Former Australian Women's Field Hockey Athlete and Senator of Australia (2013 - 2016))
Nova Peris
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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. 

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Gemma Flynn
(Field hockey player)
Gemma Flynn
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Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand
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Bob Gainey
(Ice hockey player)
Bob Gainey
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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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Honor Carter
(Field hockey player)
Honor Carter
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Birthdate: July 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blenheim, New Zealand
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Maddie Hinch
(Field hockey player)
Maddie Hinch
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Birthdate: October 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Chiltington, West Sussex, England
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Chitrashi Rawat
(Hockey player)
Chitrashi Rawat
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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.

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Alex Danson
(Field hockey player)
Alex Danson
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Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
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Naomi van As
(Field hockey player)
Naomi van As
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Birthdate: July 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
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Fatima Moreira de Melo
(Field hockey player)
Fatima Moreira de Melo
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Birthdate: July 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Ellen Hoog
(Field hockey player)
Ellen Hoog
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Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bloemendaal, Netherlands
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Sophie Bray
(Field hockey player)
Sophie Bray
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Birthdate: May 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grasse, France
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Rani Rampal
(Field hockey player)
Rani Rampal
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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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Dhanraj Pillay
(Field hockey player)
Dhanraj Pillay
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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.

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Sid Abel
(Hockey Player, Ice Hockey Player)
Sid Abel
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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.

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Janet Smith
(Politician)
Janet Smith
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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.

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Fiona Johnson
(Field hockey player)
Fiona Johnson
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Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia
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Susannah Townsend
(Field hockey player)
Susannah Townsend
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Birthdate: July 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackheath, London, England
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Hollie Webb
(Field hockey player)
Hollie Webb
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Birthdate: September 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belper, England
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Vandana Katariya
(Field hockey player)
Vandana Katariya
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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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Luciana Aymar
(Field hockey player)
Luciana Aymar
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Birthdate: August 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
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Laura Unsworth
(Field hockey player)
Laura Unsworth
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Birthdate: March 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
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Florian Fuchs
(Field hockey player)
Florian Fuchs
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Birthdate: November 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
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Ernest Bohr
(Lawyer)
Ernest Bohr
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Birthdate: March 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died: February 26, 2018
 34 
Lily Owsley
(Field hockey player)
Lily Owsley
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Birthdate: December 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bristol, England
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Nicola White
(Field hockey player)
Nicola White
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Birthdate: January 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaw and Crompton, Greater Manchester, England
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Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel
(Field hockey player)
Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel
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Birthdate: April 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
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Hannah Macleod
(Field hockey player)
Hannah Macleod
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Birthdate: June 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Lincolnshire, England
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Kate Richardson-Walsh
(Field hockey player)
Kate Richardson-Walsh
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Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England
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Balbir Singh Sr.
(Field hockey player)
Balbir Singh Sr.
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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.

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Giselle Ansley
(Field hockey player)
Giselle Ansley
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Birthdate: March 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingsbridge, Devon, England
 41 
Eva de Goede
(Field hockey player)
Eva de Goede
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Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zeist, Netherlands
 42 
Shona McCallin
(Field hockey player)
Shona McCallin
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Birthdate: May 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
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Nancy White
(Field hockey player)
Nancy White
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Birthplace: Unknown
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Kayla Whitelock
(Field hockey player)
Kayla Whitelock
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Birthdate: October 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Anna Flanagan
(Field hockey player)
Anna Flanagan
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Birthdate: January 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
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Nicola Daly
(Field hockey player)
Nicola Daly
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Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Noriko Kariya
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Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
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Chloe Watkins
(Field hockey player)
Chloe Watkins
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Birthdate: March 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Unknown
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Jane Sixsmith
(Field hockey player)
Jane Sixsmith
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Birthdate: September 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
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Paige Selenski
(Field hockey player)
Paige Selenski
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Birthdate: June 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States