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Hockey: Seo, Middleton, Korn join Hero Hockey India League player auction

Ranchi Rhinos celebrate victory in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League, which has reinvigorated the sport in India.

Ranchi Rhinos celebrate victory in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League, which has reinvigorated the sport in India.

October 30, 2013: A total of 59 overseas players and 95 Indian players have signed up for the second Hero Hockey India League player auction, which will be held in New Delhi on November 18. The increased number reflects the expansion from five to six teams the event, which will be held from January 23-February 23, 2014.

 

Legendary Korea striker Seo Jong-ho, England and Great Britain forward Barry Middleton, Germany’s Olympic Gold medallist Oliver Korn and dazzling New Zealand midfielder Ryan Archibald have made themselves available.

 

The first edition of the HHIL – which took place in January and February of this year – was a massive success, with five franchise-based teams featuring many of the world’s best international hockey players battling it out over four weeks.

 

The league featured 70 top domestic players and 50 international players from the national squads of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Spain and Argentina. Out of the 120 players, 60 were Olympians.

 

Jamie Dwyer, the five-time FIH Player of the Year, three-time winner Teun de Nooijer and current holder Moritz Fürste were among the many stars on show. Fürste’s Ranchi Rhinos took the title ahead of the Delhi Waveriders, a team captained by India superstar and talisman Sardar Singh.

 

The league was watched by 41 million fans in India and broadcast in 146 countries around the world, while more than 500,000 fans ‘liked’ the official Facebook page. Star Sports, the league’s broadcast partner, will again provide live coverage of all the matches.

 

Sweden’s Bjorn Isberg, who ran the men’s tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will be the Tournament Director for the second season.

 

For more information, visit: http://league.hockeyindia.org/

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