EHF Hall of FameDate Posted: 29 May 2013
The EHF has announced the launch of the EHF Hall of Fame to honour those players that have made an outstanding contribution to Hockey in Europe.
Two of the 3 founding inductees, Natasch Keller & Santi Freixa, are Grays Ambassadors and have been sponsored by ourselves for a number of years.
The EHF had this to say about their decision to launch the Hall of Fame: -
"Since its foundation in 1969, the EHF has always valued its players with Best Player, Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper awards at all of our Tournaments. However in recent years, as the players, coaches and umpires have perfomed better, given more, developed themselves through their actions on and off the field of play, we feel that it is now time to honour those very special people that are involved on the field in hockey. The idea of a Hall of Fame, a place (albeit a virtual one) where people can admire, enjoy and revel in the achievements of the greatest in our sport.
The EHF Hall of Fame is our way of honouring and highlighting some of the most significant figures in European Hockey. The inaugural inductees into the EHF Hall of Fame are all International Senior players, have all consistently displayed high levels of sportsmanship, and have had a deep and meaningful impact in hockey on and off the pitch."
Natascha Keller is one of the world’s most celebrated female hockey players . As a member of one of hockey’s most illustrious families, she has carved out a name on her own and has played over 400 games for her native Germany, making her one of the most capped players in her country. She has won one Olympic Gold medal, in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was Germany’s Flag bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Santi Freixa is an FIH Young Player of the Year award recipient and is the captain of the Spanish team since 2000. He led the Spanish national team to an Olympic Silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. As well as being a sensational hockey player, Santi has displayed some incredible drive and commitment in his foundation ‘Stick for India’ which provides an education for the children of Anantapur region, in addition to providing them with an opportunity to develop their hockey skills.
Both players have been tremendous ambassadors for Grays Hockey over a number of years and we would like to congratulate them on receiving this honour. It is well deserved tribute to two true greats of European Hockey.