Inductee Name: Nick Sandhu
Date: Class of 2016
Inducted in the Athlete category, Nick Sandhu is one of Canada’s most accomplished players.
Nick was born in India as was introduced to the when he was 12 years old by his grandfather, who was a coach at the local secondary school.
It was in 1975 when Nick and his family moved from India to Canada, when his field hockey career really began to blossom.
Sandhu began to receive National attention when he was selected to represent Team B.C. at the 1987 Senior National Championship in Montreal.
After making his mark, Nick’s first Junior cap came in 1979 in Colorado Springs. The following year, he received his first Senior cap in Scotland.
Nick went on to represent Canada in two Pan American Games, winning a gold medal in both. The 1983 games in Venezuela was the first time the men’s team ever won gold, which he says is one of the greatest highlights of his career.
Sandhu was also fortunate enough to represent Canada in 2 Olympic Games, first in 984 in Los Angeles, and second in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. His best Olympic result came in 1984 where Canada finished 10th.
He retired in 1990 due to injury.
Nick is still heavily involved with field hockey and currently coaches club hockey in the Vancouver area.
Field hockey is very much a family affair for the Sandhu family as Nick’s daughter has represented Canada on the senior stage as well.
Congratulations to Nick Sandhu on his induction into the Field Hockey Canada Hall-of-Fame.