The most inspirational hockey players
Most of these talented hockey players become successful by either taking charge of their teams, leading by example or by exuding a strong character that makes them stand out from the rest. One trait that these great hockey players share in common is their motivation and ability to leave a long-lasting impression.
Born in Australia, Jamie Dwyer was a field hockey star in the early days in addition to becoming one of the finest players in the 21st century. Due to his unique skills and styles, Australia awes Dwyer a lot more when it comes to field hockey. Because of him, the country re-emerged to prominence, taking some of the top slots in the world of field hockey.
Dwyer started his career in hockey in 1996, playing at the junior level. It was in 2001 that he made his debut at the senior level and what followed next was history in the making.
Taking the center position, Dwyer became a key component in the Australian team. And this was evident in the 2004 Olympics when his side won a gold medal. Following that historic win, Dwyer became a household name suddenly. This is because he led his country into victory by scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands in extra-time.
In the same year (2004), his stellar performance made him the FIH World Player of the year. This was his first major achievement although he did not stop at that. A few years later he would celebrate victory after victory, winning the Best Player of the Year title four times.
Dwyer is considered the key player in his country’s domination of the Commonwealth Games with gold medals in 2002, 2006 as well as 2010. Dwyer is a true modern-day field hockey legend with a record six times Champion Trophy winner.
Because of his achievement, Dwyer remains Australia’s most celebrated field hockey player with 326 caps. On top of that, he has scored more than 200 goals for his team and country in general.
Teun de Nooijer
Born in the Netherlands, Teun de Nooijer is another field hockey legend with exceptional skills matching those of Jamie Dwyer and Dhyan Chand. Unlike Dwyer, de Nooijer boasts one more title as the Olympic gold medallist in addition to two silver medals.
He rose to fame while playing with the Dutch team which won the 1996 Olympic gold medal in Atlanta, USA. His team’s victory against South Korea came in the penalty strokes, thus making history in this prestigious tournament.
Later, de Nooijer would become an iconic field hockey player in the Netherlands, making his country tussle for hockey supremacy with giants such as Germany, Australia, and Spain. Apart from that, he won a gold medal during the 2007 European Championships. This victory came after winning three silver medals and one bronze in the previous years.
Also, he is celebrated as one of the players to have ever won the Champions Trophy 6 times in his entire career. Surprisingly, he won the bronze medal thrice and finished second twice in the same tournament.
Major Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand is considered one of the greatest and most inspirational hockey players in history. Nicknamed “The Magician” and “The Wizard ” for his skills, Major Chand was India’s most coveted field hockey player a few years before WWII.
Chand started his career in hockey with the United Provinces Team in preparation for the 1928 Olympics. Taking the position of the center-forward, he would help his country (India) to win a gold medal during the 1928 Olympics. In fact, he emerged the top scorer with 14 goals in just five matches.
At the 1932 Olympics held in Los Angeles, Chand helped his team to defend their gold medal. Unlike the previous time, Chand’s became the second top scorer behind his brother, Roop Singh with 12 goals.
Again at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he captained his team to another victory. His Indian team played Germany in the final, emerging winners with the final score of 8-1. Chand’s skills and exploits became the topic of discussion ever since.
In total, he scored more than 400 goals in his entire career, making him the highest ever field hockey scorer in history. His legacy lives on and 29th August (his birthday) of each year is commemorated in his honor as India’s National Sports Day.
Hockey, just like any other sport, has triumphant winners who’ve left a mark in the world of sports. These individuals exude confidence, motivate their teammates and display unmatched skills that give them an edge over others. They are the most reliable players that their team depends on and their presence motivates others to strive and uphold the status of their clubs.