Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2004
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Hoshiārpur, Punjab, India
Deepak Thakur Sonkhla is a hockey forward in Indian team. He was born on 28 December 1980 in Bhamowal, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. Deepak became popular after his solo effort to help India win Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament in 2001 in Hobart, Australia. He scored double hat-trick in the tournament. The most memorable one was in final against unpredictable Argentina with score board showing 6-1. Other one was against the underdog, Scotland with a score of 7-1 rout. He debuted for the Men's National Team in June 1999 against Germany. He was part of national squad in 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic. He was awarded Arjuna Award in 2004 for taking Indian hockey to next higher level.