Brampton Beast-Team India game on Oct. 9th The historic game will be played at Powerade Centre
Brampton/Sept.17, 2015-Brampton Beast hockey team will play a historic game against Team India on Oct.9th, at Brampton’s Powerade Centre. This will the first time that Team India will trav1el to Canada. The game will start at 7:15 PM.
The announcement was made in a press conference at Brampton City hall this week. City Mayor Linda Jeffery and other city councilors were also in attendance.
“When India has over 0 ice rinks built and the team is playing at a higher level, we hope the people remember October 9ths as the day Team India played the Brampton Beast and as the day that ignited a passion for ice hockey in India as well.” said Cary Kaplan, President Brampton Beast while talking about the importance of this interesting game.
Kaplan said that there are numerous ways for the community to get involved including billeting families for 10-12 Team India hockey players. The Beast and India Ice Hockey Association are also actively looking for sponsors to support the game. Kaplan mentioned that Brampton City Councilors Jeff Bowman and Gurpreet Dhillon will be honorary captains for Team India and Team Brampton respectively.
Mayor Linda Jeffrey thanked Hockey Commentator and community activist Dr. Parminder Singh for supporting the event.
Head Coach of the National Ice Hockey Team of India, Adam Sherlip was excited about the game and said that Team India and local community could both benefit from the opportunity.
“We’re really thrilled to connect India’s national team to one of Canada’s largest South Asian communities and help develop the program in a great hub of hockey,” said Sherlip.
Sherlip was initially asked to be involved with the National Ice Hockey Team of India in 2009 where he helped select and train the team. In April 2015, Team India participated in the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I in Kuwait. The Brooklyn native coach helped launch a fundraiser for equipment for the team and to attend the tournament.
Sherlip will carry a roster of 10-12 players from India this October. He plans to host tryouts for the remainder of the spots on the team for any Canadian players of Indian descent who are interested in representing Team India. Tryouts will take place at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario.
“They have heard of Canadian hockey and have had Canadian players come over to India and show them how the game is played. Adam and I are excited about them experiencing the Canadian game first hand,” said Akshay Kumar, Director, India Ice Hockey Association. “It’s going to be a challenge they have never faced and they get to really experience ice hockey, not just Asian ice hockey.”