Ice hockey in India

Ice hockey is a popular sport in India, mainly in the Himalayan region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. In the winter, ice hockey is extremely popular and there are more than 25 clubs and villages that play the sport. However, due to lack of artificial freezing, the game is limited to the cold winter months of December, January and February which facilitate natural freezing of lakes and ponds. However, the first artificial ice hockey rink was inaugurated in Dehradoon, Uttarakand, in March 2009. The rink has an international sized surface of 60 by 30 metres and also offers a small practice rink. The Ice Hockey Association of India just concluded the fourth National Ice Hockey Championships in Leh from 22 to 29 January 2009. The Ladakh Scouts Regimental team won the finals.

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