Thread: Ukraine: HC Donbas
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12-05-2012, 10:22 AM
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Looks like Donbass is steadily improving and incorporating more Ukrainians into the team. Varlamov has started to produce and now has 3 goals and 3 assists and Vitaly Donika has now played in two games. Poni and Feds are both producing and Kvitchenko and Materukhin are getting into games as well, while goalie Dmitry Berezin got into a game for Donbass. Konstantin Kasyanchuk is putting up points for Dynamo Moscow.

A positive for the national team is that both Ponikarovsky and Fedotenko have represented Ukraine in the Olympic qualifiers. Hopefully this means they're on-board for future events too. I'm not sure about the outcome of the tournament, but Ukraine should have walked all over the competition. They were a team full of current and former KHL players as well as two NHL players. If a team with Poni, Feds, Varlamov, Kasyanchuk, Mikhnov, Donika, Materukhin, Klimentyev and Kvitchenko can't beat the likes of Lithuania, Poland, Hungary and Romania then hockey has declined even further than I first thought.

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