The authors showcase unique information that disproves previously held stereotypes. It turns out that the roots of Ukrainian hockey go back over a century.
Ukrainian hockey players from immigrant families gained world fame while playing for teams in their new homeland. However, they always maintained their language and culture. Statistics presented by the authors are absolutely astounding: throughout the 100-year existence of the NHL, more than fifty Ukrainians became champions of the League.
This is the largest number of champions representing a non-North American nationality! Even the best hockey player of all times, Wayne Gretzky, is of Ukrainian descent. His grandparents lived in Ternopil and Beresteysk regions with the surname Gretskyy.
Heroes: Bruce Driver, Eddie Shack, Eric Nesterenko, Jeff Chychrun, Jerry Sawchuk, Johnny Bucyk, Kelly Hrudey, Ken Daneyko, Orest Kindrachuk, Ruslan Fedotenko, Walter Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky.