Australian men's captain Mark Knowles completes a memorable couple of weeks after being named as Team Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
The 30 year-old Queenslander was told the news just a matter of hours after stepping onto the top step of the podium with his 15 teammates as they received their Games gold medals in Glasgow.
"I am hugely honoured," he said.
"It's great recognition of what we have been able to achieve as a team but also myself over the last three Commonwealth Games.
"This is the perfect end to a Games campaign."
"We've had a huge few months for the Kookaburras so this is a nice thank you gift," said Knowles, a 245-international game veteran.
From Hockey Australia and on behalf of everyone involved in hockey in Australia we congratulate Mark on this tremendous accolade.