Terry Sawchuck, the famous Hockey Hall of Fame goalie, was named ‘Ukey” because of his Ukrainian ancestry


Terrance Gordon Sawchuk (December 28, 1929 – May 31, 1970) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. (Wiki

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“Johnny Bucyk, who was traded for Sawchuck was also Ukrainian, played with two other Ukrainian teammates on a line for the Boston Bruins dubbed “the Uke line”

Wayne Gretzky considers himself at least partially Ukrainian too. His grandmother talked to him in Ukrainian when he was growing up and he remembers it with some warmth in his speech “United for Ukraine


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