G-B hosts first-ever ice hockey match in Pakistan

Published: December 29, 2018
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PAF beat G-B Scouts in penalty shoot-outs to win the competition. PHOTO: AFP

PAF beat G-B Scouts in penalty shoot-outs to win the competition. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Many countries recognise ice hockey as a top national sport (much like the Americans do with football). Finland, Canada, and Russia all value it on the national level. Canada is the most popular destination for ice hockey as the people there love this contact sport.

In Pakistan, however, ice hockey has been unheard of, up until now.

Pakistan’s first-ever ice hockey match was played on Saturday as snow sports season kicked off in the scenic winter resort of Naltar in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The match was played between the teams of Pakistan Air Force and G-B Scouts. Players from both sides showed some extraordinary skills but no team could score a goal within the stipulated time.

PHOTO: PAF

The fate of the match was decided on penalty shoot-outs, in which Shahryar scored the only goal of the match, paving way for a PAF win.

The history of ice hockey in Gilgit-Baltistan region could be related to a local game, called ‘Ghatal’, which is also played with two sticks and a ball. To continue the legacy of this traditional game, ice hockey has been introduced in the region.

 

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PHOTO: PAF

Earlier, the Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan (WSFP) chalked out an elaborated calendar of events for the 2018-19 season, according to a PAF spokesperson.

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In a statement, he said the winter sports season has already commenced at PAF Naltar with Sadia Khan and Children Ski Cup this week. Besides snowboarding and ice skating, ice hockey competitions will also be held at the venue for the first time in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • AK
    Dec 29, 2018 - 10:31PM

    Congratulations to GB.

    However, as a part of cultural heritage preservation the local ice-hockey “Ghatal” must be kept alive. I would love to see a ‘Ghatal’ game even though I have not heard of it before. Thanks ET for mentioning it. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Dec 30, 2018 - 7:33AM

    What “extraordinary skills” ? These players should first know how to skate on ice properly before mastering puck control and coordinated attacks.Recommend

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