Ukraine men's national junior ice hockey team

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Ukraine
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine
Head coach United States Alexander Godynyuk
Assistants Ukraine Mykola Maiko
Captain Vsevolod Tolstushko
Most points Vitaly Semenchenko (25)
IIHF code UKR
First international
 Ukraine 20 - 0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; November 10, 1992)
Biggest win
 Ukraine 20 - 0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; November 10, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Finland 14 - 1 Ukraine 
(Helsinki, Finland; December 30, 2003)
IIHF World U20 Championship
Appearances 20 (first in 1993)
Best result 8th (1995)
International record (W–L–T)
57-58-8

The Ukrainian men's national junior ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team in Ukraine. The team represents Ukraine at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Hockey Championship Division I.

History[edit]

Ukraine made its first appearance at the top level in 1994, less than five years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union. Ukraine went on to upset the United States, and Ukrainian goaltender Igor Karpenko went on to win top goaltender at the 1995 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Since, there was no relegation round due to the restructuring of the format, Ukraine was not relegated, despite finishing 8th out of 8 teams. Ukraine was relegated to Pool B after finishing 10th in 1996. Four years later, Ukraine made it back to Pool A in 2000, and once again finished 10th. Despite, the relegation, Ukraine didn't lose a game by more than 7 goals. Ukraine earned promotion to top level for 2004 with a one-point differential over Japan, by defeating France 3-0 on the last day. Ukraine experienced troubles in Helsinki, Finland with equipment shortages (ea-sticks, tape), because the country was experiencing economic difficulties. Other teams participating donated sticks, tape, skate laces, and other pieces of equipment to the Ukrainian team. Despite, the generous donations from other teams, Ukraine did not hold up well in the tournament losing to the Czech-Republic (8-0); Switzerland (11-0); Canada (10-0); Finland (14-1). Ukraine went on to lose the relegation round to Sweden (4-0), and tie Austria (2-2). Ukraine has remained at the Division I level since then.

2012 roster[edit]

Roster for the 2012 World Junior Championships:

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Danil Yeliseyev Ukraine Bilyi Bars
GK 25 Pavlo Yachnyk Ukraine HC Donbass
D 2 Valentyn Sirchenko Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
D 3 Anton Dyky Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
D 4 Vsevolod Tolstushko Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
D 5 Dmytro Ignatenko Ukraine Bilyi Bars
D 21 Danil Korzh Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
D 22 Volodymyr Romanenko Ukraine HC Berkut
D 23 Artem Yevseichyk Ukraine Vinnytski Haidamaky
F 7 Ivan Savchenko Ukraine Kharkivski Akuly
F 8 Vladislav Kutchevich Russia Ak Bars Kazan
F 9 Andri Istominov Ukraine Vinnytski Haidamaky
F 10 Igor Mykulko Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
F 12 Artem Kobykov Ukraine Kharkivski Akuly
F 13 Yuri Petrangovsky Belarus HC Shakhtyor Soligorsk
F 14 Olexi Yanishevsky Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
F 15 Ruslan Romashenko Ukraine Vinnytski Haidamaky
F 16 Pavlo Padakin United States Fairbanks Ice Dogs
F 17 Dmytro Khanin Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
F 18 Viktor Zakharov Ukraine Sokil Kyiv
F 19 Maxym Martyshko Ukraine HC Berkut
F 24 Dmytro Chernyshenko Ukraine Vinnytski Haidamaky

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