Indian woman hockey player
Portrait of a woman hockey player from the Ice Hockey Association of India in a hockey mask, 2018 Ladakh-Delhi championship game, outdoor ice rink, Leh, Ladakh.
India is not a nation that I associate with hockey, but I had a surprise opportunity to go to a hockey game played on the Leh town reservoir, which freezes in the winter. The women's gear and some of their coaching was provided by Canada, and the great Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser (4 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver) visited Leh in January bringing additional bags of gear for the women. Quite an experience to see a lively, enthusiastic women's hockey game played on an outdoor rink in the brisk air at 12,000 ft, beneath the high snow-covered mountains of the Stok range, and overlooked by temples and stupas perched on the town hills!
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