With the recent conflicts taking place in the country, just three teams, HC Kremenchug, Generals Kyiv and Vityaz Kharkov, are confirmed to play in the new Ukrainian Hockey League.

Originally believed to be a ten team league, political unrest look to have put many teams out of commission for the time being. The most notable name missing is HC Donbass, whose KHL parent club had to sit out a season after their arena was ransacked back in May among one of the reasons.

Last year, following the death of the Professional Hockey League (PHL) in Ukraine, a different league run by the Ukrainian Hockey Federation finished with mixed results. In the six team league, that finished with just five by the end of the season, Kompanion-Naftogaz Kyiv came out on top thanks to a championship series victory over Bilyỹ Bars Bila Tserkva.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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