UKE – a documentary about Ukrainians in the NHL

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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.

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I’m so proud to be a Ukrainian

Wayne Gretzky
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I’m proud of being the Ukrainian and I have no reason to change my name

Johnny Bucyk
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I’m Ukrainian and I’m proud of it

Eddie Shack
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I am Ukrainian. It’s in me. I have the same traits as my father to a point

Jerry Sawchuk
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I like being in Ukraininan. I like my name Nesterenko. And I’m very proud of that

Eric Nesterenko
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I’m so proud to be a Ukrainian

Orest Kindrachuk
Directed by: 		Volodymyr Mula
Produced by: 		Volodymyr Mula
Written by: 		Mykola Vasylkov
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
Advisor:		Eugene Kolychev
Cinematographers: 	Oleg Shevshyshyn
			Dmytro Shypovskyi
			Oleksandr Ternovyi
			Stanislav Tkachov
Edited by:		Andrii Lunnik
Production company: TeleProstir Studio
Distributed by:	TeleProstir Studio
Planned release:	2020
Running time: 	90 minutes
Countries: 		Canada
			United States
			Belarus
			Ukraine
Language: 		English/Ukrainian
DIRECTED and PRODUCED BY Volodymyr Mula
WRITTEN BY Mykola Vasylkov

TELEPROSTIR STUDIO PRESENTS
DIRECTORSOFPHOTOGRAPHY Oleg Shevchyshyn Dmytro Shypovskyi Oleksandr Tenovyi Stanislav Tkachov
EDITEDBY Andriy Lunnik PRODUCEDBY Volodymyr Mula
SCREENPLAYBY Mykola Vasylkov ADVISOR Eugene Kolychev
DIRECTEDBY Volodymyr Mula