HHIL 2015 to begin in Bhubaneswar, Delhi to host final

New Delhi: The newly-built Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar will stage the opening match, while capital’s Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium will host the semifinals and final of the third edition of Hero Hockey India League to be held across the country from January 22 to February 22.

In the opening match of the 2015 edition of HHIL, hosts Kalinga Lancers will play debutant Ranchi Rays, owned by Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dabang Mumbai, another new franchise in the league, will play their tournament opener against Jaypee Punjab Warriors on January 23 followed the clash of Uttar Pradesh Wizards and defending champions Delhi Waveriders on the same day in Lucknow.

Unlike the last two editions when Ranchi hosted the semifinals and final, the two last four games and the summit clash will be held here on February 21 and 22.

Commenting on the schedule of HHIL 2015, national team and Delhi Waveriders skipper Sardar Singh said: “We are the defending champions and will be looking at retaining the title. I am sure no team will leave any stone unturned and will aim for the semifinal spots. We are aware of the challenge which is immense but we are ready for it.”

India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who will represent Uttar Pradesh Wizard in the league added: “I am happy that I will be playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards this season onwards. Hero HIL has given us a platform where we get to interact with different players and help us to grow our game. I will aim to give my best and also excited to join the team.”