[UKR] Ukrainian Hockey Thread
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Ruslan Fedotenko, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) [LW/RW]
- First Ukrainian Stanley Cup Champion. He brought the Stanley Cup home, during the summer of 2004 as he lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to victory over the Calgary Flames in game seven. He is a big guy, which is rare. He is also a presence infront of the net. His defensive game isn't too shabby either. He comes to play big games, loves to play offense.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) [LW/RW]
- Alexei is by the far the biggest and strongest Ukrainian to ever hit the ice. His speed is a great asset. Consistancy must get better if Alexei wants to be remembered as one of the best. He is exactly what Ukraine needs, an in-your-face player that can put the puck in the back of the net.
Sergei Varlamov, Ak Bars Kazan (RSL) [LW/RW]
- Sergei is not very tall but he's a strong guy. He likes to dangle with the puck and when he shoots it, watch out it's deadly and accurate. Arguably Ukraine's best shot. He's been a regular for the Ukrainian national team and has recieved plenty of ice time due to the better Ukrainian players teams going farther into the play-offs.
Vadim Shakhraychuk, Dynamo Moscow (RSL) [C]
- Arguably Ukraine's best international tournament player. He posseses impressive offensive skills, and will put up points in a hurry. Vadim is very popular in Russia as he has played well with a team full of stars at Dyanmo Moscow. He has an accurate shot and good skating, an all round offensive player. I'm suprised he never got a chance to play in North America, who's knows what could of happened.
Other Notable Forwards
- Andrei Mikhonov [C/LW], Oleksandr Matveichuk [LW], Boris Protsenko [RW], Konstantin Kalmikov [LW], Evgeny Lazarev [RW], Konstantyn Kasyanchuk [LW/C/RW], Vlad Serov [LW], Roman Salnikov [LW], Vitaly Semenchenko [LW], Oleg Timchenko [LW], Sergei Kharchenko [LW/C/RW], Aleksandr Bobkin [LW/C/RW], Evgeny Pastukh [RW], Bogdan Savenko [RW], Vitali Litvinenko [RW], Vasili Bobrovnikov [LW/C/RW], Vladimir Slivchenko [RW], Alexander Zinevich [LW/C/RW], Ruslan Bezschasny [LW/C/RW], Valentin Oletski [RW], Dmitri Tsyrul [LW], Artem Gnidenko [LW/C/RW]
Dmitri Tolkunov, Amur Tigers Khabarovsk (RSL) [D]
- Dmitri is a vital piece of Ukraine's national team. He plays minutes on the power play and the penalty kill. He is very reponsible in his own end and makes the good first pass. He can shoot the puck as well, but he does have a small frame. That's the only reason why Dmitri couldn't succeed at the NHL with the Blackhawks.
Gennady Razin, Amur Tigers Khabarovsk (RSL) [D]
- Drafted by Montreal in 1997, le Canadiens were hoping for more production on the farm from Gennady, he posted solid numbers in my opinion but Montreal's loss is Europe's gain. Gennady is your typical stay-at-home defenceman, he's responsbile defensively and can chip in with a point here and there. His big frame allows him to lay the body on opposing players.
Yuri Gunko, Sokol Kiev (EEHL) [D]
- Yuri was drafted by the St.Louis Blues in round 9 in 1992. His frame 6'3 220lbs, makes him one of the biggest Ukraine's to dawn the jersey. Physical player who loves to dish out the big hits, he could be more responsible defensively though. He also chips in with an assist or two occasionally to help out the cause.
Other Notable Defenceman
Valeri Shiryayev [Retired?/D], Konstantin Ryabenko [D], Aleksandr Skorokhod [D], Denis Isaenko [D/F], Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk [D], Oleksandr Zlotkin [D], Andrei Sryubko [D], Artem Ostroushko [D], Maksim Linnik [D], Dmitri Yakushin [D], Sergei Klimentiev [D], Vyacheslav Timchenko [D], Oleg Polkovnikov [D], Aleksandr Savitsky [D]
Konstantin Simchuk, Salavat Yulayev (RSL) [G]
- Konstantin has been Ukraine's MVP is the last several tournaments, he has always given his team a chance to win every night. He tryed playing in North America in several minor leagues but never got adjusted to the North American game, so back to Europe he went and has been relatively successful.
Igor Karpenko, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL) [G]
- Who can forget December 27th 1996 in Boston, at the World Juniors. Ukraine beat team USA 4-3 because of the outstanding play of this young goaltender. Igor had a couple of stints in the AHL and ECHL but never got the hang of it so instead he returned to Europe, playing as the starting goaltender for the Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the past five seasons.
Other Notable Goaltenders
Evgeny Brul [G], Valentin Chernenko [G], Sergei Tkachenko [G], Vladimir Seliverstov [G]
PROSPECTS: (Under the Age of 20)
Denis Ryabtsev, Sokol Kiev (EEHL) [LW/C/RW]
Sergei Chernenko, Sokol Kiev (EEHL) [LW/C/RW]
Alexsandr Shevchenko, Sokol Kiev (EEHL) [LW/C/RW]
Aleksei Koval, HK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Evgeny Onischenko, HK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Anatoli Bogdanov, TuTo Turku (Jr. A I divisioona) [LW/C/RW]
Dmitri Rudenko, Gazovik-2 Tyumen (RUS 3rd level) [LW/C/RW]
Andrei Borisov, HK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Egor Egorov, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Pavel Borisenko, HK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Oleksi Voytsekhivsky, HK Kiev (EEHL Div. B) [LW/C/RW]
Roman Krivda, Druzhba-78 Kharkov [LW/C/RW]
Ivan Oleynik, Team Ukraine [LW/C/RW]
Mikhailo Radetsky, ATEK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Dmitri Naida, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Viktor Andrushenko, Khimvolokno (EEHL) [LW/C/RW]
Alexei Voytsekhovsky, HK Kiev (EEHL Div. B) [LW/C/RW]
Aleksandr Mikolenko, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Maksim Podkosov, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Roman Blagoy, HK Kiev (UKH) [LW/C/RW]
Aleksi Lubnin, HK Kiev (UKH) [D]
Aleksandr Romanenko, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Daniil Gurev, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Sergei Stolyarenko, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Pavel Kozhokin, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Vladimir Aleksyuk, Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl (RUS 3rd level) [D]
Sergei Stolyarenko, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Daniil Gurev, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [D]
Ruslan Sviridov, Team Ukraine [D]
Mykola Voroshnov, Kanata Stallions (CJHL) [G]
Ilya Tarankov, Teknolog Ukhta (RUS 3rd level) [G]
Sergei Sorokolat, Druzhba-78 Kharkov (UKH) [G]
Sergei Gavrilyuk, HK Kiev (UKH) [G]
Aleksandr Sokolenko, HK Kiev (UKH) [G]
Dmitri Khristich, Born on 23/07/69 in Kiev, Ukraine
- Drafted by Washington in 1988, 120th overall
- Played 11 seasons in the NHL
- Played in NHL All-Star Game 1997, 1999
- Represted Ukraine 4 times at the International Level
- 1102 Professional Games Played
- 755 Total Points
The World Cup has just announced that it has expanded from 8 teams participating to 12! They phoned me up and told me to send a Ukrainian team immediately ;)
With all the players let go by there professional clubs, Ukraine's line-up would look something like this if I were in charge...
Line 1) Ruslan Fedotenko - Dmitri Khristich - Vitali Litvinenko
Line 2) Konstantin Kalmikov - Vadim Shakhraychuk - Vadim Slivchenko
Line 3) Alexei Ponikarovsky - Andrei Mikhonov - Sergei Varlamov
Line 4) Aleksandr Matveichuk - Aleksandr Bobkin - Boris Protsenko
Line 1) Dmitri Tolkunov - Sergei Klimentiev
Line 2) Valeri Shiryayev - Yuri Gunko
Line 3) Gennady Razin - Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk
Goaltender 1) Konstantin Simchuk
Goaltender 2) Igor Karpenko
1) Sergei Kharchenko, Forward
2) Evgeny Lazarev, Forward
3) Bogdan Savenko, Forward
4) Maksim Linnik, Defenceman
5) Aleksandr Skorokhod, Defenceman
6) Vladimir Seliverstov, Goaltender
Didn't know Khristich retired. Did Shiryayev as well?
Other notables I'd add:
D Sergei Klimentiev (best Ukraine d-man in my oppinion)
F Vitali Litvinenko (one of the better forwards the last few years)
D Vyacheslav Timchenko
F Vasili Bobrovnikov
F Vladimir Slivchenko
F Alexander Zinevich
F Ruslan Bezschasny
F Valentin Oletsky
D Oleg Polkovnikov
I gather that prospects Viktor Andrushenko and Alexei Voytsekhovsky are the best to come along in quite a while - particularly Andrushenko.
I have no clue what's up with Dmitri, he did not play for Ukraine at the latest World Championships and he is not listed on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster. As for Valeri Shiryayev, I think it is time to hang up the skates but on EuroHockey.net it says he's listed at SC Langnau for the 04/05 season which is incredible for the 41 year old.
Ahh yes, Sergei and Vitali totally skipped my mind.
May I ask, what's your input on how a line-up would look like?
Ruslan Fedotenko - Dmitri Khristich - Vitali Litvinenko
Alexei Ponikarovky - Vladimir Shakhraichuk - Sergei Varlamov
Roman Salnikov - Vasili Bobrovnikov - Boris Protsenko
Vladimir Slivchenko - Vlad Serov - Bodgan Savenko
(ex: Artem Gnidenko, Konstantin Kasyanchuk, Dmitri Tsyrul, Valentin Oletsky)
Sergei Klimentiev - Gennady Razin
Valeri Shiryayev - Dmitri Tolkunov
Yuri Gunko - Vyacheslav Zavalnyuk
(ex: Andrei Sryubko, Vyacheslav Timchenko, Alexander Savitsky)
(ex:Evgeny Brul, Vladimir Seliverstov)
Sort of off topic, but I think Dmitri Khristich is very underrated, career-wise. He doesn't seem to get much respect.
His NHL stats will tell you the whole story...
Dmitri Khristich - GP G A PTS +/-
WSH NHL 90/91 - 40 13 14 27 -1
WSH NHL 91/92 - 80 36 37 73 +24
WSH NHL 92/93 - 64 31 36 67 +29
WSH NHL 93/94 - 83 29 29 58 -2
WSH NHL 94/95 - 48 12 14 26 0
LA NHL 95/96 - 76 27 37 64 0
LA NHL 96/97 - 75 19 37 56 +8
BOS NHL 97/98 - 82 29 37 66 +25
BOS NHL 98/99 - 79 29 42 71 +11
TOR NHL 99/00 - 53 12 18 30 +8
TOR NHL 00/01 - 27 2 6 8 - 8
WSH NHL 00/01 - 43 10 19 29 - 8
WSH NHL 01/02 - 61 9 12 21 +2
Dmitri Khristich officially retired from professional hockey at the age of 35, last season he posted 4 goals, 7 assists and 11 points with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League...
So ends Ukraine's best NHL hockey player ever to put on the skates.
With the news that Sokol Kiev will be joining up with the league in Belarus, Sokol added some key players to insure a competitive team. Goaltender Evgeny Brul, defenceman Maksim Linnik and forwards Aleksandr Matveichuk, Vitali Litvinenko, Roman Salnikov all transferred to the Kiev based team.
These players have come from back to play in Ukraine after having previous experience in North America and Russia.
I personally think it's great to see these Ukrainians coming back home to help the cause, the Sokol team looks very competitive and the teams from Belarus and Latvia have there hands full.
Zherdev and Babchuk
I know both were born in Ukraine, but don't they play for Russia?
I've stickied this. If it gets plenty of activity and/or views I'll keep it stickied. If it gets no use I'll unsticky it.
Babchuk plays for russia? Sry I dont know much about Eruo hockey, but why would he play for them when it comes to a country type tourney?
Babchuk does play for Russia, why?
Russia participates in all the major hockey tournaments while Ukraine are a regular at the World Championships, but not much else. Anton wants to play in those big tournaments
Ukraine and Russia were still USSR when he was born, he wanted more of a challenge and wanted to be around future hockey players so Russia was his pick...
Really, if you want that answer you would have to ask him :dunno:
Thank you much for your answer... and I might just take you up on that and see what he has to say!
I wasnt trying to be rude, I have nothing against Russia, but I just didnt know if there was an outstanding reason why he would play for Russia when hes listed as being from the Ukraine.
sry i didnt mean to insult anyone...
Hopefully as time goes on, the Ukrainians will be able to ice a team full of their native stars instead of living in the shadow of Russia.
That's true, and Ukraine is home to one of the best hockey factories..Druzhba '78
Vyacheslav, lovin the avatar! :yo: :handclap:
Thanks! I saw it on the Ukrainian hockey website you linked and I had to have it.
Ukraine kicked off the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge with a 7-4 loss to Latvia yesterday. Isenko, Bobrovnikov, Litvnenko and Salnikov scored the goals. Ukraine plays Belarus on September 4th and France on the 5th.
Evgeni Brul "Сокол"
Vadim Seliverstov "Сокол"
Yuri Gunko "Сокол"
Denis Isenko ХК "Гомель", Белоруссия
Nikolai Ladihin "Сокол"
Yuri Navarenko "Сокол"
Oleg Polkovnikov "Сокол"
Vasiily Poloniski "Сокол"
Aleksandr Saviski "Сокол"
Vladimir Chernenko "Сокол"
Vasiily Bobrovnikov "Сокол"
Artem Bondarev "Сокол"
Artem Hnidenko "Сокол"
Vikor Honcharenko "Сокол"
Konstantin Kasyanchuk без клуба
Vitaly Litvnenko без клуба
Aleksandr Matveichuk "Сокол"
Valentin Oleski "Сокол"
Evgeni Pastuh "Сокол"
Roman Salnikov "Сокол"
Vitaly Semenchenko ХК "Гомель", Белоруссия
Sergey Harchenko "Сокол"
Pretty much 90% of the team play for "Sokol" Kiev, disappointing loss to Latvia but i'm liking this team. Nice to see some younger players in Matveichuk and Pastuh getting a chance to play.
Awful goaltendering in my opinion, Ukraine needs either Simchuk or Karpenko to be successful at an international stage. Either then that, defence depth could be better.
Ukraine lost to Belarus by a score of 5-1 yesterday, but bounced back beating up on France with a 7-1 victory.
1) Latvia - 3 wins, 0 losses, 18 goals for, 8 against, 6 points
2) Belarus - 2 wins, 1 loss, 12 goals for, 8 against, 4 points
3) Ukraine - 1 win, 2 losses, 12 goals for, 13 against, 2 points
4) France - 0 wins, 3 losses, 6 goals for, 19 against, 0 points
Is that a four team tourney or is that a division of a larger tourney?
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