Thread: Ukraine: HC Donbas
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09-18-2012, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
Playing in the best league in the world normally trumps playing anywhere else, and these guys clearly feel the same way. Both still had the option to sign NHL contracts and stay in NA where both their families are now settled. However, it is good that as a backup plan they were ready to commit to the program especially when their pay was capped and they could have signed anywhere outside of the NHL that they wanted.

Tell me this; how is it that you don't see any progression in the Ukrainian hockey system? The creation of the PHL and the addition of HC Donbass to the VHL last year and now to the KHL, which creates a retention program amongst the younger players and kids coming through the development system by allowing them to play all the way up to the top level of hockey in Europe, in Ukraine. Now instead of moving to Russia and taking Russian passports/citizenship, these kids will actually have an opportunity to develop at home and represent Ukraine on the international level. Also, don't you think that having numerous owners who are willing to spend $20+ million dollars a year on contracts, infrastructure, youth programs, etc to be a progression? Hockey was almost dead in Ukraine and these billionaires are part of the revival process. They may only fork out boatloads of money, but they are also contributing to the revival of hockey and creating better conditions for Ukrainians to develop.
I never said that, I clearly see that. But Ukrainian hockey revival has nothing to do with Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko spending a couple of months in Donetsk. Everything else you wrote is absolutely correct, but I dislike that you and Helo are giving to much weight to these two signings.

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