Team India, in conjunction with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast, announced their roster Tuesday morning for the upcoming exhibition game at the Powerade Centre this Friday.
Among the highlights on the roster is Harry Mahesh, a Vanderhoof, BC native with pro experience in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Karndeep Natt also is a notable name, having played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Greater Metro Hockey League, both Junior A leagues in Southern Ontario.
India isn’t known for their long hockey history, having only played annually as a national team since 2009. The team only competes in one tournament a year, the Challenge Cup of Asia, a low level tournament aimed at helping Asian teams develop in a low cost event. This year, India will be taking part in the Division I tournament, taking place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from April 9th-14th against Kyrgystan, Macau, Oman, Malaysia, and Qatar.
The beast, Canada’s only ECHL franchise, is currently affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL. The game will be the first time an ECHL team has faced an international team, something that is rare among any league in general.
Tickets for the Friday, October 9th contest are available for purchase on Brampton’s website for $29.90 plus HST.
Name Position Hometown
Naeem Khan Goalie Brampton, Ontario
Gamandeep Singh Goalie Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Navdeep Chinzer Forward Brampton, Ontario
Gavin Fernandez Forward Brampton, Ontario
Tashi Gonbo Gyamjung Forward Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
Nathan Hans Forward Almonte, Ontario
Gary Mahesh Forward Vanderhoof, BC
Harry Mahesh Forward Vanderhoof, BC
Manraj Mann Forward Malton, Ontario
Stanzin Namgyal Forward Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
Karndeep Natt Forward Brampton, Ontario
Jay Sidhu Forward Surrey, BC
Nawang Zangpo Forward Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
Sundeep Banwatt Forward Mississauga, Ontario
Amit Belwal Forward Haldwani, Uttrakhand
Iqbal Lehal Defenseman Brampton, Ontario
Rajat Malhotra Defenseman Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Tundup Namgail Defenseman Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
Dhruv Sachdev Defenseman Dehli, India
Tsewang Gyal Defenseman Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
Mushtaque Giri Defenseman Leh Ladakh Jammu and Kashmir, India
For more on the history of hockey in India, click here. Check out a full gallery of photos from India’s tryout camp this past weekend: