Play for Group India in Canada — The Hockey Basis

Effectively NOW they will lastly play for Group India…in opposition to the Brampton Beast…

Hockey gamers of Indian descent/origin within the Larger Toronto Space (GTA) are invited to check out for roughly 10 roster spots on Group India.  Tryouts can be held on Saturday, October third & will proceed on Sunday, October 4th on the Powerade Heart in Brampton, Ontario.  

As soon as chosen, the group will mix with the 10-12 gamers coming over from Group India and spend the week getting ready for India’s first ice hockey sport in North America in opposition to the Brampton Beast, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

Why 10-12?  Effectively, that is all of the Ice Hockey Affiliation of India can afford.  Why else?  As a result of the Brampton Beast are an expert group with extraordinarily proficient hockey gamers, and Group India would not fare nicely if our full roster competed.

And this brings us to our subsequent situation: the price of tryouts. 

A part of the inspiration to convey Group India to Canada was to attach the Indian ice hockey program to hockey lovers throughout North America, whether or not or not they’re of Indian descent.  The Ice Hockey Affiliation of India has been pressured to require gamers chosen for the Nationwide Group to pay their very own means with a purpose to symbolize India.  Earlier this yr IHAI needed to resort to crowd-funding simply to have the ability to ship the nationwide group to the IIHF Problem Cup of Asia – the one event the nationwide group competes in yearly.

Due to this, we felt that bringing Group India over to Canada would supply an excellent alternative for IHAI to recoup the prices of flying the group over and hopefully go away them in a stronger monetary place than they had been in earlier than.  This may permit them to develop their nationwide program, resembling offering extra hockey coaching to Indian kids, establishing a girls’s group, making a nationwide league, and so forth.  

The value to tryout, $99.99 (plus HST), was set by all events concerned to make sure that probably the most critical hockey gamers attend the tryouts and we do not find yourself with 300 gamers of drastically various means on the ice.  It simply would not be manageable.  That being mentioned, we wish to encourage anyone and everyone who feels they need to be on Group India to check out!  All gamers who check out for Group India will obtain two tickets to the sport on October ninth.  

Which means that in the event that they make the group, they can provide the tickets to mates/household, and if they do not get chosen, then they’d nonetheless obtain two tickets to see this historic sport.  The funds collected by the Brampton Beast cowl the price of tickets to the sport after which cowl the prices related to this occasion, as referenced earlier.

I’ll personally conduct the tryout along side the Brampton Beast teaching workers.  The first objective can be to fill the roster of Group India, however there’s additionally the distinct risk that if the Beast like your sport, you’d get a crack at making the squad.  And then you definitely’re solely 2 steps away from the NHL!  Final yr, Scott Darling performed within the ECHL.  By the top of the season he was hoisting The Cup!

Please head to to register to tryout, or to buy tickets to the sport.  Sponsorship alternatives can be found.

Thanks and I look ahead to seeing you on October third!