Two South Asians among four named by Field Hockey Canada to inaugural Hall of Fame

Paul “Bubli” Chohan
Paul “Bubli” Chohan
Paul “Bubli” Chohan

 

FIELD Hockey Canada on Tuesday announced the Phase 1 inductees of its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Four extraordinary ambassadors of Canadian field hockey will be inducted into the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame in a ceremony on November 12.

After receiving and examining nominations of 47 highly qualified individuals, Harry Warren, Nancy Mollenhauer, Paul Chohan, and Sumesh Putra have been selected for induction based on their extensive and accomplished careers within the sport. Each has had a profound impact on field hockey in Canada.

 

Paul “Bubli” Chohan – Athlete

 

One of Canada’s most capped international field hockey players, with 317 caps, Paul “Bubli” Chohan was a staple in major international competition throughout his lengthy career. Paul competed in three Olympic Games (1976, 1984, and 1988), three World Cups (1976, 1986, 1990), and six Pan-American Games (1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995). In these competitions, Paul was an essential part of a contingent that won two Pan-American gold and four silver medals, he also served as the Canadian flag bearer at the ’95 Pan-Am Games.

 

Sumesh Putra – Builder

 

A key to the growth and stability of field hockey in Canada, and a linchpin on the international scene, Sumesh Putra has enjoyed a distinguished career as an official in which he stood for over 100 international matches, including assignments in every major international field hockey tournament: at the Olympic Games, the World Cup, the Pan-American Games, the Commonwealth Games and the prestigious Champions Trophy.

 

Harry Warren (Pioneer) and Nancy Mollenhauer (nee Charlton) (Athlete) are the other two inductees.

The Phase 1 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at an invite only ceremony in front of family, friends, and multiple generations of Canadian field hockey players on November 12 in Vancouver.

Phase 2 inductees of the inaugural Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 12, 2015, with a second induction event to be held in conjunction with the Pan American Games in Toronto in the summer of 2015.