Denis Shvidki

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  1. Whatever happened to him?
     
  2. Kaizer

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    He has played 8 games (1 assist) for Sibir (14th of 18 in standings now) so far.
     
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    According to hockeydb.com he played 2004-05 Yaroslav in Russia and this year 2005-06 in Novosibirsk Siber.

    Maybe the Panthers got tired of waiting for him to transfer his OHL game over to the NHL? I use to watch the Panthers quite a bit and they gave him a lot of chances to be successful but for some reason he couldn't quite make the big jump. I believe he had a couple injuries that slowed him down as well.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong - was he not supposed to be the first Ukrainian star in the NHL?
     
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    I think that after 13 seasons and almost 600 points Dimitri Khristich can be considered the first Ukrainan star.
     
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    Zhitnik isn't half bad either
     
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    A few other Ukrainian hockey players are Nikolai Zherdev and Ruslan Fedotenko. Being of Ukrianian decendence, I usually root for the boys, and had really high hopes for Shvidki. Can't say that the Panthers didn't give him a chance, he was a boom or bust type player and unfortuneatly, he ended up being the latter here in NA.
     
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    Yes, the Sentinel has become a joke. We used to have a great writer Michael Russo, but he moved to Minnesota. This new guy must have just been thrown onto the job because he is absolutely horrible. Misspells players names all the time and is very factually incorrect.

    A better option would be http://www.palmbeachpost.com or http://www.miamiherald.com, FYI.
     
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    actually Zherdev, Zhitnik and Shvidki are Russian, and all 3 have represented Russia in IIHF tournaments
     
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    Zhitnik was born in Kiev. He's represented Russian in the past but in the most recent Olympics he wanted to compete for the Ukrainian team but apparently his previous time with the Russian squad prevented that from happening. I don't know all the details. But I'm sure if you asked Zhitnik, he's call himself Ukrainian.
     
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    Zhitnik is still a Russian citizen though, that's why he was able to dress for Ak Bars Kazan last season ... otherwise Heatley, Lecavalier or Salei couldn't have played.
     
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    Zhitnik, Zherdev and Fedotenko are all Ukrainian but they've deffered to Russia so they can play internationally.
     
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    Being born in Kiev, doesn't make Zherdev a Ukrainian...I was born in Kiev and I'm not Ukrainian...Hell, Ukraine denied me my citizenship...And Zherdev doesn't sound much like a Ukrainian name at all. Fedotenko does, he's 100% Ukrainian. I'm not sure about Zhitnik. If he played for Russia, he must have a Russian citizenship and if he has a Russian one he can't have a Ukrainian. So, there's no chance for Zhitnik to play for Ukraine, even if he wanted, unless he gives up his Russian citizenship.
     
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    Fedotenko hasnt
     
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    fedotenko hasnt
     
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    we could also say that none of the Canadians are Canadian, and the same could be said for the USA. basically all of the players are sons and grandsons of British, French, Dutch ... immigrants. ;)
     
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    Wait... If we are talking ethnicity, then Terry Sawchuk (nicknamed "Ukkie"), Mike Bossy and Johnny Busyk were the first Ukrainian stars (well, mega-stars) in the NHL. And there are dozens of other Ukrainian-sounding names that come to mind: Andreychuk, Matvichuk, Konowlachuk, Fedoruk, Belak, Babych, Daneyko, etc. I wouldn't consider any of them "Ukrainian stars". That would be the players that were born and raised in Ukraine - regardless of their ethnic origin.
     
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    Denis unfortunately could never stay healthy in the NHL. Since the Panthers do not have their own AHL affiliate, they had to let Shvidki develope elsewhere.
     
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    Concussions ruined him. He was already a softish perimeter player pre-concussions, but after missing most of a season he came back even softer and wasn't close to the same player he was before.
     
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    I meant the first star from the post-Soviet era....
     
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    Barilko, Nesterenko, Hrudey, Sydor, Hawerchuk, Federko, Tkachuk, Hrkac, Berehowsky, Maruk, Leschyshyn, Lysiak, Koroll, Walt Tkaczuk.

    I just did a google, and here is a list of NHLers of Ukrainian descent from the 1981-82 NHL season alone.

    Hrudey
    Krushelnyski
    Larry Melnyk
    Rick Vasko D
    Bob Janecyk GT
    Steve Ludzik C
    Warren Skorodenski
    Miles Zaharko D
    Rich Chernomaz C
    Steve Janaszak GT
    John Ogrodnick LW
    Dennis Polonich RW
    Walt Poddubny C
    Dave Semenko LW
    Tom Lysiak
    Paul Shmyr D
    Dennis Owchar D
    Mike Antonovich C
    Dave Orleski LW
    Greg Paslawski RW
    Neil Hawryliw LW
    Mike Hordy D
    Ed Hospodar D
    Mike Busniuk D
    David Michayluk
    Malarchuk GT
    Wayne Babych
    Richard Zemlak
    Mike Zuke
    Fred Boimistruck
    Mike Kaszycki
    Rocky Saganiuk
    Gary Yaremchuk
    Stan Smyl
    Orest Kindrachuk
    Dennis Maruk
    Peter Sidorkiewicz
    Dave Babych
    Dale Hawerchuk
    Mike Bossy

    The Ukrainians would have had a strong team if all of those guys had played for their "country" in the early 80's.

    Bossy, Hawerchuk, Federko, Maruk, Lysiak, Smyl, Podubbny, O'Grodnick, Krushelnyski, Semenko, Babych, Zuke and Kindrachuk up front, Shmyr, Babych, Hospodar, Melnyk, Owchar and Vasko on defence, Hrudey and Malarchuk between the pipes.
     
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    Bossy? Mike Bossy is of Ukrainian descent? Never knew that..
     
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    This is coming as a surprise to me as well.... :amazed:
     
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    Gretzky is too isn't he? I know there was a big Ukranian emigration movement to Canada and a good chunk of them settled in Alberta.
     
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