Kuhan Shanmuganathan

Kuhan Shanmuganathan (born 23 July 1976) is a retired field hockey player from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Kuhan is known as one of the penalty corner specialist.

Kuhan Shanmuganathan
Personal information
Born (1976-07-23) 23 July 1976 (age 44)
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Yayasan Negeri Sembilan HC
1997 Petaling Jaya Municipal Council
1997 Limburg HC
1998 Petaling Jaya Municipal Council
1999 Bank Simpanan Nasional HC
2000–2005 Sapura HC
2005 Bangalore Hi-Fliers
2005–2012 Sapura HC
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2007 Malaysia 341



Kuhan made his debut in the Malaysia Hockey League for Yayasan Negeri Sembilan in 1992. He won two league titles in 1995 and 1996. After his stint in Negeri Sembilan, Kuhan joined Petaling Jaya City Council in 1997 and won a league title. In the same year he went on three-month stints with clubs in Germany.[1] He played for Limburg HC.[2] Two years later, he featured for Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) and won another league title.[3]

In 2000, he played for Sapura and stayed there for 12 years. It proved to be a fruitful union as Sapura went on to win four titles. They were double champions in 2005 and clinched the league title in 2004 and overall Cup in 2006. In 2005, Kuhan joined Bangalore Hi-Fliers that play in India Hockey Premier League.[4]

Kuhan also emerged the Malaysia Hockey League’s top scorer three times in 1997, 1999 and 2003. He currently served as team manager of Sapura.[5]


Kuhan won 341 caps for Malaysia.[6] He has played in competitive competitions such as the World Cup, Olympics, Champions Challenge, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asia Cup.

He also the Malaysia hockey team skipper for six years since taking over from Mirnawan Nawawi in 2000. Kuhan announce his retirement after Malaysian Hockey Federation's decision to drop him from the national training squad in early 2007.[7][8] He return from his retirement in 2007 Southeast Asian Games. It is his last appearances for the Malaysia hockey team.


  1. ^ HOCKEY: Overseas stints eyed Archived 29 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine – New Straits Times, 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ Several players to be sent overseas Archived 13 April 2013 at Archive.today – Malay Mail, 10 May 2012.
  3. ^ Boon Huat and Kuhan will continue fierce rivalry in the final – TNB MHL Official site.
  4. ^ Thirteen foreign players for PHL – rediff.com, 5 January 2005.
  5. ^ Ex-international Kuhan is now Sapura team manager – The Star, 16 March 2013.
  6. ^ Kuhan, Boon Huat terima insentif PHM RM50,000 – Berita Harian, 13 January 2010. (in Malay)
  7. ^ Kuhan: I wanted to quit anyway – New Straits Times, 15 January 2007.
  8. ^ Hockey: Kuhan gets the axe – The Star, 14 January 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Kuhan Shanmuganathan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.