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Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League: 15 teams announced for inaugural season

A total of 15 teams will be taking part in the first season of Ice Hockey League with 10 men's team and 5 women's team.

Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League: 15 teams announced for inaugural season

Press Release

Updated: 2 Jan 2024 3:29 PM GMT

15 teams were announced for the inaugural edition of the Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League organized by the Ladakh Administration, Ice Hockey Association of Ladakh, and Royal Enfield.

The league is set to start on the 3rd of January 2024 and will go on till the 13th of January 2024.

The revelation was done via a spectacular roadshow with Royal Enfield riders being flagged in by Shri Sonam Chosjor, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Leh. The riders rode from the NDS Sports complex to the Leh main market which is at the heart of the city.

During the event, official jerseys were handed over to the respective captains of the 15 participating teams, of which 10 are men’s and 5 are women’s. The start of a competitive league specifically for the civilian population of Ladakh will go a long way in scouting and nurturing local talent from rural areas of Ladakh.

Training and selection camps were set up across five of the seven zones of Ladakh, - Changthang, Leh (which also includes camps for Nubra and Zanskar), Sham, Drass, and Shakar Chiktan. Players and teams that will participate in the League have been selected from these zonal camps by a committee comprising members from the Department of Youth Services & Sports (DYSS), Ice Hockey Association for Ladakh (IHAL), Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation (LWIHF), zonal heads and local Ladakhi coaches.

The Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League has been initiated to create a competitive environment to grow the sport from grassroots levels, which is also in line with the roadmap laid out in The Game Changer - Blueprint for the Development of Ice Hockey in Ladakh. The Blueprint was launched earlier this month in the presence of Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, and dignitaries from Ladakh.

Commissioned by the Administration of UT Ladakh, the Blueprint was created by Royal Enfield with the collaboration of all stakeholders and has been reviewed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It looks at a holistic development of the sport and is a step towards realizing the ambition of fielding an Indian Ice Hockey contingent at the 2042 Winter Olympics.

Royal Enfield is currently working with all stakeholders to grow winter sports, particularly Ice Hockey across the Himalayas. In Ladakh, Royal Enfield has already supported the development of the sport by providing equipment and training with a ‘train the trainer’ program where 20 coaches were trained by coaches brought in from Germany.

The teams that will take part in the first-ever Royal Enfield Ice Hockey League are as follows: United Nubra, Sham Eagles, Sham Wolves, Shakar Chiktan Royals, Shakar Chiktan Queens, Humas Queens, Changla Lamo, Maryul Spamo Leh, Changthang Shans, Changla Blaster, Humas warriors, Zangskar Chaddar Tamers, Purig warriors, Maryul Spawo, Kangs Sings Leh.

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