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12-02-2012, 05:50 AM
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Polish NHLers

how many NHLers are there of polish descent?
I have found some surnames seem to be polish:
James Wisniewski
Andy Wozniewski
Joel Kwiatkowski
Jeff Woywitka
Wojtek Wolski

anyone else?

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12-02-2012, 07:38 AM
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how many NHLers are there of polish descent?
I have found some surnames seem to be polish:
James Wisniewski
Andy Wozniewski
Joel Kwiatkowski
Jeff Woywitka
Wojtek Wolski

anyone else?
Goalie Dubielewicz or smth like that...

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12-02-2012, 04:45 PM
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Mariusz Czerkawski and Krystof Oliwa were both Polish nationals and played in the NHL. I can't think of anymore though.

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Mariusz Czerkawski is a legend!

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Peter Sidorkiewicz? He was a goalie for Senators and Devils in the early 90's

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http://www.hockey-reference.com/friv...ovince=&state=

1 Mariusz Czerkawski
2 Nick Harbaruk
3 Edward Leier
4 John Miszuk
5 Krzysztof Oliwa
6 Peter Sidorkiewicz
7 Wojtek Wolski

These are players born in Poland. As far as players of Polish descent, I'm sure there's quite a few. Isn't Gretzky part Polish? I know Tavares is as well.

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12-02-2012, 10:05 PM
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http://www.hockey-reference.com/friv...ovince=&state=

1 Mariusz Czerkawski
2 Nick Harbaruk
3 Edward Leier
4 John Miszuk
5 Krzysztof Oliwa
6 Peter Sidorkiewicz
7 Wojtek Wolski

These are players born in Poland. As far as players of Polish descent, I'm sure there's quite a few. Isn't Gretzky part Polish? I know Tavares is as well.
I thought he was Belarussian descent?

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12-03-2012, 12:56 AM
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I thought he was Belarussian descent?
Taken from Wikipedia: Prior to World War I, Gretzky's father Anton (Tony) Gretzky immigrated along with his family to Canada via the United States from the Russian Empire (what is now Grodno, Belarus).Following the war, Anton would marry his wife, Mary, who immigrated from Pidhaitsi, interwar Poland (now Ukraine).Gretzky's ancestry is typically described as either Belarusian, Ukrainian, or Polish. In interviews, Walter Gretzky has stated that his parents were Belarusians, while on other occasions he has mentioned his family's Polish ancestry.

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12-04-2012, 03:17 AM
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i know a typical polish surname usually ends with -ski

Joe Pavelski
Dustin Tokarski
Trevor Letowski
Brendan Bochenski
Zenith Komarniski
Kevin Kaminski
Brian Rafalski
Drake Berehowski
Alex Goligoski
Steve and Brendan Dubinski


anyone of them?

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i know a typical polish surname usually ends with -ski

Joe Pavelski
Dustin Tokarski
Trevor Letowski
Brendan Bochenski
Zenith Komarniski
Kevin Kaminski
Brian Rafalski
Drake Berehowski
Alex Goligoski
Steve and Brendan Dubinski


anyone of them?
Macedonian surmanes, majority of them, also ends with -ski, like Jovanovski. Pavelski is much closer to being Macedonian, than Polish

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Macedonian surmanes, majority of them, also ends with -ski, like Jovanovski. Pavelski is much closer to being Macedonian, than Polish
Pavelski is Polish. In fact, Wikipedia states Pavelski is born to Polish parents... But I wasn't right about Jovanovski. He's of Macedonian descent.


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i know a typical polish surname usually ends with -ski

Joe Pavelski Yup
Dustin Tokarski Yup
Trevor Letowski Yup
Brendan Bochenski Yup
Zenith Komarniski Doubt it, so I say no, sounds more Ukrainian
Kevin Kaminski Possible
Brian Rafalski Definitely Yup
Drake Berehowski it's actually Beherowsky... Y's are either anglicized or simply not from Poland, so I don't know about this
Alex Goligoski Couldn't find any info, so 50/50...
Steve and Brendan Dubinski Dubinsky... same as Beherowsky


anyone of them?
James Wisniewski, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Wade Dubielewicz, Wojtek Wolski...

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12-04-2012, 10:15 PM
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James Wisniewski, Mike Komisarek, Bryan Smolinski, Wade Dubielewicz, Wojtek Wolski...
I don't know if Wisniewski knows he's Polish or not (his name is Polish), but is butchered in English. Should be pronounced, Ves-neea-f-ski.

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Is it true Wolski is now playing in Poland during the NHL lockout? Greg PALUCH is a NCAA coach who played in the NHL of Polish ancestry.

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Peter Bondra is half Polish.

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Peter Bondra is half Polish.
He is half Ukrainian, born in Luck.

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Is it true Wolski is now playing in Poland during the NHL lockout? Greg PALUCH is a NCAA coach who played in the NHL of Polish ancestry.
Yepp. Here's an article by the IIHF talking about it.

http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...ash=4ba2c94451

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He is half Ukrainian,
No he's not. His father is Slovak and his mother is Polish.

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Pete Stemkowski was born in Winnipeg but obvious Polish decent.

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Turk Broda is in the HHOF and the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame:

http://polishsportshof.com/inductees...er-turk-broda/

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In 1967 Broda became the first person of Polish heritage to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Oliwa is an embarrassment post-retirement. Smh.

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I always think these days when listing players of descent not born and trained in their ancestors nation that soon we'll have a thread on Jamicans

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Mariusz Czerkawski and Krystof Oliwa were both Polish nationals and played in the NHL. I can't think of anymore though.
I had the opportunity to meet Oliwa. He is a great guy. He has private lessons with my younger brother. Im Polish so its great to see a hard hitting polish player teaching my little brother how to hit haha.

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I don't know if Wisniewski knows he's Polish or not (his name is Polish), but is butchered in English. Should be pronounced, Ves-neea-f-ski.

yeah, Wisniewski has descent but isnt polish speaking. Only guy I can think of that plays right now is Wolski, underrated at the caps.

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Aren't there a bunch of prospects who can fit this criteria? Warsofsky, Weircioch, Welinski, Grzelcyk, Yakubowski, Jankowski, Werenski.


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