OCKENDEN Eddie < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 03 Apr 1987 in Hobart, AUS
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Louise, sons Oscar [2017] and Fedde [2019]
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business - Curtin University: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey in primary school at age eight in Hobart, TAS, Australia.
Why this sport? He was introduced to hockey by his mother, who played the sport. "I played cricket, a bit of tennis, athletics, basketball. When I was young it was always cricket in summer and hockey in winter and that was still the case until about 15 or 16 when I realised I liked hockey more."
Club / Team Tassie Tigers: Australia
Name of coach Andrew McDonald [club]; Colin Batch [national], AUS
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
Tournament Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Location Malaysia
General Interest
Nicknames Ocky, Eddie, Ed (tis.tas.gov.au, 01 May 2012; olympics.com.au, 29 Jul 2012)
Hobbies Spending time outdoors, walking, fly-fishing, tuna fishing. (hockey.org.au, 19 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting, US basketball player Michael Jordan, Australian rules footballer Gary Ablett Jr. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009; olympics.com.au, 29 Jul 2012)
Injuries In early 2013 he was unable to play for four months after breaking a bone in his foot during the Hockey India League tournament. (asics.com.au, 06 Aug 2013)

He ruptured his kidney at age 14 after receiving a blow to his lower back while playing hockey. He spent six weeks in hospital in recovery. (smh.com.au, 30 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours He was named Hockey Australia's Men's Player of the Year for 2014, 2015 and 2019. (hockey.org.au, 13 Dec 2019, 19 Nov 2019)

He received the Player of the Tournament award at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)

He was named 2014 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)

He was named International Hockey Federation [FIH] Rising Star of the Year for 2008. (fih.ch, 2018)
Milestones In March 2020 he made his 366th appearance for the Australian men's hockey team making him their most capped player. (fieldhockey.com, 11 Mar 2020; examiner.com.au, 09 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives His sister Lucy and mother Angela have both represented Tasmania in hockey. Lucy also played for Australia at U21 level. (hockey.org.au, 19 Nov 2019; examiner.com.au, 19 Apr 2019; odt.co.nz, 10 Aug 2013; NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (examiner.com.au, 19 Apr 2019)