Who are the Top Goal Scorers of Men’s Hockey World Cup Since 1971

Let’s take a look at the list of the top achievers and top goal scorers from the earlier 14 editions since 1971, as well as some intriguing factoids. Read to know more.

The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup is the 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, the International Hockey Federation’s quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams. As preparations for the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, which will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29, continue, here is a list of the top achievers and top goal scorers from the earlier 14 editions since 1971, as well as some intriguing factoids.

  • Eddie Ockenden

Eddie Ockenden, the joint captain of the Australian men’s hockey team (Aran Zalewski is the other captain), became the sixth most capped men hockey player when he played in the fifth and concluding Test match against India at the MATE Stadium in Adelaide. He has become the first Australian to show up in 400 international matches and has managed to score 72 international goals. Ockenden, who plays for Tassie Tigers in Hockey One (Australia’s domestic hockey league), made his professional international debut against Malaysia during the 2006 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh and has reached several ‘highs’ as a member of the Australian men’s hockey team, including winning the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

  • Christopher Ruhr

Christopher Ruhr has identified himself as a productive forward for Germany. The 28-year-old Dusseldorf native has appeared in over 150 Honamas games and scored 64 goals. The two-time FIH Rising Star of the Year (2013, 2015) has gold medals from the 2013 Junior World Cup and the 2014 Champions Trophy, solidifying his position as one of the best strikers in men’s hockey. The Rot-Weiss Koln player has two EuroHockey Championship silver medals. Ruhr also took bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Christopher was chosen to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he excelled. In the s, the striker managed to score three goals. However, the Germans were denied a medal after losing to India in the third-place playoff.

  • Thierry Brinkman

Thierry Brinkman (born March 19, 1995) is a Dutch field hockey player who currently plays for Bloemendaal and the Dutch national team. He is the son of former Dutch international Jacques Brinkman and the brother of Dutch footballer Tim Brinkman. Brinkman represented the United States junior national team at the 2013 Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India. He managed to score six goals in the tournament, assisting the Netherlands to a bronze medal.  Brinkman signified the Netherlands once more at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India, finishing seventh. 

  • Arthur Van Doren

Belgium is the undisputed World and Olympic champion, but none shine brighter than defender Arthur Van Doren. Van Doren’s rise paralleled that of his national team, which became the most dominant force in world hockey after his debut in 2013.Th 8-year-old won the FIH Rising Player of the Year award in 2016, which he repeated in 2017, along with the Player of the Year award. In 2018, he won the Player of the Year award once more, establishing himself as one of the best hockey players of this generation.

  • Timothee Clement

Timothée Clément (born 8 April 2000) is a French field hockey player who performs for Belgian Hockey League club Gantoise and the French national team as a midfielder or forward. Timothee Clement’s rise has helped France’s standing in international hockey. At the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar in 2021, the 22-year-old was named Best Player of the Tournament after leading France to a historic bronze medal.

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