Molodaya Gvardia

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Molodaya Gvardia
Young Guard
Molodaya Gvardia logo.png
Full name Molodaya Gvardia
Founded 2013
Based in Donetsk
Arena Druzhba Arena
(capacity: 4,130)
League Minor Hockey League
(2013–present)
Team colors                    
Owner(s) Borys Kolesnikov
GM Serhiy Shakurov
Head coach Alexander Godynyuk
Affiliates HC Donbass (KHL)
Bilyi Bars (PHL)
Donbass-98 (junior)
Website gvardia.hcdonbass.com

Molodaya Gvardia (Russian: Молодая Гвардия; Ukrainian: Молода Гвардія, tr. Moloda Hvardiya) is a Ukrainian junior ice hockey team based in Donetsk. The team is an affiliate of the Kontinental Hockey League's HC Donbass, and is a member of the Minor Hockey League (MHL), joining in the 2013–14 season.[1] They are the sole representative from Ukraine competing at the major-junior level. Borys Kolesnikov, a prominent Ukrainian politician and businessman, owns the organization.[2] The team takes its name from the World War II Soviet resistance group the Young Guard, who consisted mainly of local youths and also operated in the Donbass region.

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On April 2, 2013, HC Donbass announced official negotiations had taken place regarding the inclusion of a Ukrainian minor hockey team in the KHL's Minor Hockey League system for the 2013-14 season. Ukrainian former NHL player Alexander Godynyuk was named head coach on a three year contract. The team's name and logo were chosen by a 45% popular vote among fans, with finalist names being the 'Donetsk Scythians', and 'Donbass Flames'.[1] On June 19, 2013 the team officially joined the MHL.[3]

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