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05-01-2011, 03:34 AM
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Ukrainian HC Donbass applies for VHL membership
Ukrainian HC Donbass has formally applied to join the VHL (Vysshaya hokkeinaya liga in Russian or Supreme Hockey League in English), the second highest level of Russian hockey, according to the club’s official website.

The Donetsk club may become the second foreign representative in the VHL after Kazzinc-Torpedo which represents Kazakhstan. Formerly, Sokil Kyiv took part in the VHL for several seasons.

Alexander Medvedev, the head of the KHL, spoke about possibility of Donbass joining the KHL «within two or three years.
This is a good development but at the same time Sokol Kiev will not play in the Belarus league this year.
April 27 hockey club "Sokol Kiev" officially informed the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation refusal to participate in the open (international) championships of Belarus Ice Hockey Extraliga among the teams in the season 2011-2012.
Is this a case of one step forward one step back? I know Sokol had problems with money this year so I assume they will play in just the Ukrainian League this in 2011-2012.

Also I am not familiar with the quality of the Belarus league, how high is the talent level there?

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