this is something I thought of recently as a possible ongoing series*, but looking through the Wikipedia list of Ukrainian hockey players the only other current NHL player born in Ukraine I could find is the Penguins' Ruslan Fedotenko.
I thought I'd take a brief break from my Blackhawks @ Penguins stuff (uh, that no Hawks or Pens bloggers are noticing anyway) for a word about the Maple Leafs, who had a 5-2 win in Toronto over the Atlanta Thrashers last night. it was 5-0 for most of the game; I considered popping in on a Leafs fan game thread and joking about how 5-0 is "the most dangerous lead in hockey" (a joke Blackhawks fans will make all year after the 10/12/09 win vs. the Flames) but if the Leafs had blown it I would have felt bad. anyway, Alexei Ponikarovsky, left wing for the Leafs, scored two goals last night, 28 seconds apart! not sure when this photo is from:
"Leafs in Suits" feature Archimedies posted last night will help me keep the names straight. Ponikarovsky (Poni!) was born April 9, 1980 in Kiev (and became a Canadian citizen June 7th, 2007); he's spent his entire NHL career with the Maple Leafs, after playing for Dynamo Moscow. more about Ponikarovsky is here at LeafsNews.
I would have thought there'd be more than two Ukrainian players in the NHL (but some listed as Russian may actually be Ukrainian); I guess Ukraine is better-known for figure skaters. Pittsburgh and Toronto both have significant Ukrainian communities; there's the Toronto Ukrainian Festival, "North America's Largest Ukrainian Street Festival."
*why am I doing this? because Ukrainian is the main ethnic group I identify with (despite my family background being a few different ethnicities). I lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago for five years...as an annoying art-student quasi-hipster gentrifier, perhaps, but one who's part Ukrainian!