Who is the All Time Greatest Hockey Player?

We are compiling a list of the greatest athletes from the sport of field hockey, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports). The first stage is to get nominations for field hockey before the vote is started. See the current list below of top athletes, compiled using other published lists and visitor feedback. The list includes both male and female players. If you believe that there is someone missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about the person.

Is it Major Dhyan Chand?

Major Dhyan Chand may well be the greatest hockey players ever. I don't understand why so many comments are asking for him to be excluded from this list - if he really is the greatest, then he needs to be on a list of greatest players ever, and possibly on the top of this list! The greatest recent player is Australian Jamie Dwyer, winner of the FIH international player of the year five times.

Field Hockey Greatest Players

The athletes below are listed in alphabetical order - once the shortlist is complete then you will be able to vote for who you think is the greatest of all. This list is not complete - if you know of someone who should be listed here, let us know using the comment form below.

Males

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Dhanraj Pillay
Dhyan Chand Indian player, regarded as one of the best ever. He was a member of the Indian gold medal winning teams at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics, the last of which he captained.
Florian Kunz Germany
Hassan Sardar
Islahuddin Siddiqui Pakistan
Jamie Dwyer Played for Australia. Five times FIH international player of the year
Manzoor Hussain, Junior  played for Pakistan from 1975 to 1984
Mohammed Shahid
Rick Charlesworth Australia
Sean Kerly UK
Shahbaz Ahmed (Snr) Ahmed joined the Pakistan National Hockey Team in 1986, and was captain of the national side for the 1994 Men's Hockey World Cup victory. He is the only player to win two consecutive World Cup player of the tournament awards(1990 and 1994). Represented pakistan a record 304 times.
Teun de Nooijer Netherlands. 3 times FIH international player of the year

Females

name notes
Alyson Annan Australia. Winner of the FIH international player of the year in 1998 and 2000.
Beth Anders USA
Carina Benninga Netherlands
Vanina Oneto Argentina
Luciana Aymar Argentinian player, 7 time winner of the FIH international player of the year

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Old Comments

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1) Before Independence When INDIA went on a Tour, INDIA Won 3 Olympic Gold medals in Hockey. In Olympic Games We Played 48 Games and Wins all of them.!

2) INDIA was Unbeatable in Hockey for 20 years. We defeated America in all the matches and since than America banned Hockey for the Next Few Years. Can you imagine what an achievement it was.!

3) Shree Dhyaanchand was among those Who made Hitler his Fan and He requested to accept Germany Citizenship and play for Germany & in return he will get as much as Money and a he will be head of his Army.! but He refused saying he does not play for money but for Country.!

4) How he made Hitler his fan..? When he went to Germany for Hockey World Cup he was injured by Germany Goal Keeper.! In return he Ordered his Team mates to take revenge..! Can you imagine someone challenging Germany citizen in front of Hitler..! He by passed the ball from Goal keeper but didn't do a Goal., This was the biggest shame for Germany and Hitler was impressed by his answer..!

5) There was a match When he didn't Score a Single Goal. On this he argued with match refree that the Goal post length is short because I can't do a Goal. This was found correct and goal post length was increased & latter he scored 8 goals..!

6) HE WAS THE ONLY INDIAN WHO HOISTED INDIAN FLAG BEFORE INDEPENDENCE NOT ONLY IN INDIA BUT IN GERMANY..! WE WERE RULED BY BRITISHERS AND NOT ALLOWED TO TVAKE OUT FLAG BUT HE HIDE THAT IN HIS NIGHT DRESS AND TOOK IT TO GERNANY. IT REQUIRES A LOT OF GUTS.! ON THIS BRITISHERS ANNOUNCED IMPROSENMENT BUT HITLER DIDN'T LET THIS HAPPEN.!

7) He was offered a Coach Post by America and Germany but he refused and he said I will be the coach for ur team than India will be no more champion

8) Finally Cricket Icon Sir Don Bradman said "I'm a fan of Dhyaanchand & he scores Goals more easily than I Score runs.!"

MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES HAVE AWARDED HIM WITH MORE THAN 400 AWARDS. THIS IS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE, WHAT A STRUGGL Real hero named Major DhyaanChand.

HATTS OFF SIR....

Dilip Mukesh(2018)
And there was a time where Britain called themselves out fearing their loss from their colonial country-India. He played barefooted in Germany has the Germans had over-sprinkled the field because they knew Indians wore cheap shoes. All credits to the man who his country abandoned during his final moments - DHYAAN CHAND THE WIZARD. He even has a statue of him in Vienna with four hands and four sticks attributing to his mastery of the game.

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