Brampton Beast to host game against India’s national ice hockey team

Brampton, September 18 (CINEWS): Yes, you hear right, the National Ice Hockey Team of India is set to have a exhibition game with the Brampton Beast on Friday, October 9th at 7.15 PM. This historic game happens at the Powerade Centre and it will be the first time in ECHL history that a member team plays a national team of any country. It is fitting that this happens in Brampton home to one of the largest East Indian communities in the world ice hockeyoutside of India and is also a Canadian hockey hotbed. On September 15th the official announcement and agreement will be signed between Brampton Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan and Director of the India Ice Hockey Association Akshay Kumar. In attendance will also be Mayor Linda Jeffrey, Team India Ice Hockey Coach Adam Sherlip, Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan, City Councilors Jeff Bowman and Gurpreet Dhillon and Dr. Parminder Singh, TV Personality and Hockey Commentator of Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition. The event is free and open to the public. Ticket packages for this game are $29.90 plus HST and will be available for purchase Tuesday, September 15th immediately following the press conference. A portion of all ticket packages purchased will be donated to the National Ice Hockey Team of India.
In cricket-crazy India, cricket stars earns millions. While other sports depend largely on government funding, the cash-strapped Ice Hockey Association of India doesn’t receive any. Each member of the ice hockey team had to contribute 20,000 rupees ($405) to the cause. So the team really needs financial support in order to advance and make its presence felt in the sport.
That’s where social media and crowd funding have come into play. Adam Sherlip, the team’s head coach, has been very active promoting the team and his foundation helps grow the sport in the country.
The story of the team’s fundraising efforts aired on India’s NDTV, and something remarkable occurred mid-broadcast.
The team is comprised of young soldiers, policemen and students. Most of the players are from the Ladakh region in the Indian Himalayas.
Players from this region were featured in a short documentary in 2014. The documentary follows 20-year old Chamba Tsetan’s career and focuses on how hockey became popular in the area.

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