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07-07-2012, 05:29 AM
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Didn't he marry a Ukrainian-Canadian girl?
He did refer to himself as Russian in at least one radio interview he did in Toronto. He can't speak Ukrainian (when I got his autograph, I asked for it to be in Ukie and he was like..."derrr how about Russian?"
- says it would be interesting to play the WC in Kiev, but can't due to possibility of playoffs. Obviously never made the playoffs that year with LA anyway.
He does get interviewed enough by the Ukrainian press it seems....digging through more stuff...
As for Fedotenko, didn't his entire family move to the US? He's an American citizen now. He's stated its unlikely he ever plays for Team Ukraine again due to scheduling, and that his life is in the US now.
Considering he left before the recent revival of Ukrainian linguistic nationalism and was born in Kyiv, it's not shocking he doesn't speak Ukrainian. Doesn't mean he wouldn't play for the Ukrainian team. The bigger problem would seem to be the scheduling issue.
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