List of Ukrainians in the Kontinental Hockey League

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The following is a list of Ukrainians in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Ukrainians constitute the 7th most numerous nationality within the league. During the 2009-10 KHL season, 26[a] Ukrainian players participated in the competition, the most to date, out of the 41 total to have played. Alexei Zhitnik, along with Anton Babchuk and Nikolay Zherdev are of a select few to have been named to the annual All Star Game.

Oleg Tverdovsky became the first Ukrainian-born player to win the Gagarin Cup, doing so with HC Salavat Yulaev in 2010. In 2013, Kostiantyn Kasianchuk became the first Ukrainian national team player to do the same; after which the Cup was brought to Kiev in celebration.[1] According to Sokil Kyiv general manager Vyacheslav Zavalniuk, 13.5% of all players in the KHL have Ukrainian roots.[2]

Players[edit]

Anton Babchuk playing for HC Donbass in 2012
Vitaly Vishnevsky has played the most games of any Ukrainian in the KHL
Nikolay Zherdev playing for Atlant
= Active in 2012-13 season = Signed for 2013-14 season = Active in 2013-14 season = Retired
NAT Name POS GP G A PTS Birthplace Team Ref.
Ukraine Andrushenko, ViktorViktor Andrushenko F 59 3 11 14 Kiev (Belarus) [3]
Russia Anikeyenko, VitaliVitali Anikeyenko[☦] D 144 14 35 49 Kiev - [4]
Russia Babchuk, AntonAnton Babchuk D 80 10 15 25 Kiev Salavat Yulaev [5]
Ukraine Bayev, DenisDenis Bayev D 156 9 15 24 Konotop (VHL) [6]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Belukhin, YevgeniYevgeni Belukhin F 0 0 0 0 Arzamas-16 Donbass [7][8]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Berezin, DmytriyDmytriy Berezin G 1 - - - Novosibirsk Unsigned [9]
Ukraine Blahoi, RomanRoman Blahoi F 0 0 0 0 Kiev Donbass [10]
Russia But, AntonAnton But LW 249 66 82 148 Kharkiv Unsigned [11]
Russia Denisov, DenisDenis Denisov D 250 32 63 95 Kharkiv CSKA [b][12]
Ukraine Donika, VitaliVitali Donika C 15 0 1 1 Kiev (VHL) [13]
Ukraine Fedotenko, RuslanRuslan Fedotenko LW 33 8 10 18 Kiev Donbass [14]
Ukraine Haiduchenko, SerhiySerhiy Haiduchenko G 78 - - - Kiev Donbass [15]
Ukraine Kasianchuk, KostiantynKostiantyn Kasianchuk F 170 29 35 64 Kiev Dynamo [16]
Ukraine Klymentiev, SerhiySerhiy Klymentiev D 39 2 4 6 Kiev - [17]
Russia Komaristy, AlexanderAlexander Komaristy C 176 19 37 56 Severodonetsk Neftekhimik [18]
Ukraine Kvitchenko, MaximMaxim Kvitchenko F 25 0 1 1 Kiev Donbass [19]
Ukraine Liutkevych, VitaliyVitaliy Liutkevych D 20 0 1 1 Kiev (VHL) [20]
Ukraine Materukhin, OleksandrOleksandr Materukhin LW 7 0 0 0 Kiev Dinamo-Minsk [21]
Russia Mikhnov, AlexeiAlexei Mikhnov LW 200 45 61 106 Kiev Atlant [22]
Ukraine Mikhnov, AndriyAndriy Mikhnov LW 109 10 12 22 Kiev (Belarus) [23]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Morozov, YegorYegor Morozov F 0 0 0 0 [✪]Tolyatti Donbass [24]
Ukraine Ostroushko, ArtemArtem Ostroushko D 51 5 8 13 Kiev - [25]
Ukraine Petrukhno, DenisDenis Petrukhno D 0 0 0 0 Kiev Donbass [26]
Kazakhstan Polischuk, FedorFedor Polischuk LW 221 20 48 68 Kolodyste Barys [27]
Ukraine Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky LW 32 5 13 18 Kiev SKA [28]
Ukraine Razin, GennadyGennady Razin D 237 9 29 38 Kharkiv Donbass [29]
Russia Sergeyev, AndreiAndrei Sergeyev D 104 4 9 13 Simferopol Spartak [30]
Ukraine Shafarenko, OlehOleh Shafarenko F 21 2 4 6 Kiev (Belarus) [31]
Ukraine Shakhraichuk, VadymVadym Shakhraichuk C 103 15 12 17 Kiev Unsigned [32]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Shalimov, VladislavVladislav Shalimov RW 3 0 0 0 Belovo Donbass [33][34]
Russia Shastin, EgorEgor Shastin F 141 34 42 76 Kiev (Swiss) [35]
Ukraine Shevchuk, MykhailoMykhailo Shevchuk G 0 - - - Kharkiv Donbass [36]
Russia Shvidki, DenisDenis Shvidki RW 37 3 4 7 Kharkiv (MOL Liga) [37]
Ukraine Shvidenko, DmytroDmytro Shvidenko D 0 0 0 0 Lubny Ugra [38]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Silnitsky, YuriYuri Silnitsky D 16 0 0 0 Tyumen Donbass [39][40]
Ukraine Simchuk, KostiantynKostiantyn Simchuk G 13 - - - Kiev - [41]
Russia Sobchenko, DaniilDaniil Sobchenko[☦] C 51 6 2 8 Kiev - [42]
Belarus Strakhov, AlexeiAlexei Strakhov RW 25 3 3 6 Kharkiv - [43]
Russia Tkachev, VolodymyrVolodymyr Tkachev D 5 0 0 0 Dnipropetrovsk Ak Bars [44]
Ukraine Toryanik, OleksandrOleksandr Toryanik RW 0 0 0 0 Kharkiv Donbass [45]
Russia Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 191 29 51 80 Donetsk - [46]
Ukraine Varlamov, SerhiySerhiy Varlamov LW 133 24 26 50 Kiev Donbass [47]
Russia Vishnevsky, VitalyVitaly Vishnevsky D 263 25 44 69 Kharkiv Lokomotiv [48]
Flag of Ukraine and Russia.png Vyukhin, AlexanderAlexander Vyukhin[☦] G 87 - - - Sverdlovsk - [49]
Ukraine Zakharov, ViktorViktor Zakharov F 0 0 0 0 Kiev Donbass [50]
Russia Zemchenko, IgnatIgnat Zemchenko C 80 9 7 16 Kiev Severstal [51]
Russia Zherdev, NikolayNikolay Zherdev RW 155 44 78 122 Kiev Severstal [52]
Russia Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 112 4 14 18 Kiev - [53]

Note: A (★) denotes a player who has participated in an All Star Game
All statistics accurate to the end of the 2012–13 KHL season

Breakdown of players by nationality[edit]

5
10
15
20
25
30
  •   Ukraine
  •   Nationalized to Ukraine
  •   Russia
  •   Kazakhstan
  •   Belarus
  •   Neutral

Captains[edit]

Several players have acted as captains of their respective KHL clubs, including: Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow); Vitaly Vishnevsky (SKA); Serhiy Varlamov, Ruslan Fedotenko,[54] (HC Donbass); and Nikolay Zherdev (Atlant)

Players of Ukrainian descent[edit]

The following is a list of KHL players who while not born in Ukraine, are of documented Ukrainian descent.

Notes[edit]

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