Name: Ajai Dhadwal
Position: Midfield
Caps: 127
Sport: Field Hockey
DOB: 8/13/1993
Hometown: Agoura Hills, Calif.
High School: Viewpoint School
College: Johns Hopkins University
World Championship Experience
  • Gold - 2018 Hockey Series Open (Salamanca, Mexico)
  • Gold - 2016 World League Round 1 (Salamanca, Mexico)
  • Gold - 2012 World League Round 1 (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • Silver - 2021 Indoor Pan American Cup (Spring City, Pa. )
  • Silver - 2019 3 Nations Invitational (Benalmadena, Spain)
  • Bronze - 2019 Pan American Games (Lima, Peru)
  • Bronze - 2017 Pan American Cup (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • Bronze - 2017 World League Round 2 (Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago)
  • 4th - 2022 Pan American Cup (Santiago, Chile)
  • 4th - 2019 Hockey Series Final (Bhubaneswar, India)
  • 5th - 2018 5 Nations Tournament (Malaga, Spain)
  • 5th - 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada)
  • 5th - 2013 World League Round 2 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 5th - 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • 7th - 2015 World League Round 2 (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 7th - Champions Challenge II (Lille, France)
  • Canceled - 2022 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup (Liège, Belgium)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2022: 4-Nations Tournament (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • 2022: Named to the U.S. Men's National Indoor Team, FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup Selection Camp
  • 2021: Named to U.S. Men's National Team (September), Series against Canada (Moorpark, Calif.)
  • 2021: Named to U.S. Men's National Indoor Team
  • 2020: Series against South Africa (Durban, South Africa)
  • 2019: Named to U.S. Men's National Indoor Team
  • 2019: Series against Korea (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2018: Europe Tour (France, Spain, Scotland, Ireland)
  • 2017: Series against France (Paris, France)
  • 2016: Series against Canada (West Vancouver & Surrey, Canada)
  • 2015: Series against Argentina (Boston, Mass.), European Tour (Den Hague, The Netherlands & Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 2014: Summer series against Chile, Mexico and Argentina (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 2013: Australian Youth Olympic Festival (3rd, Sydney, Australia)
Personal: Son of Jang and Gurvinder Dhadwal...Sibling is Azizull...Nickname is Silky...Began playing field hockey in 2000...Game Day Mantra: "Give it your all."...Favorite Sports Quote: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."...Best Words of Advice: "Get better everyday and enjoy the journey."
For Dhadwal, his passion for field hockey wasn’t born on the pitch but on the bleachers watching his father play in the Moorpark League in California. After absorbing the game from a bird’s eye view and having his father talk about the perks of his personal career in the sport, Dhadwal gravitated to the playing surface at the age of 8. Using his father as inspiration, Dhadwal joined the National Team in 2009. He has since helped Team USA advance to World League Round 2 and earn a bronze medal in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.