NHL legend Ukrainian Fedotenko leaves ice hockey
- 12.10.2016, 13:04,
- Sports » Sports. Main
Ukrainian veteran of ice hockey and two-time holder of Stanley Cup, the most prestigious NHL trophy, Ruslan Fedotenko announced the end to his career as quoted by the NHL’s press service.
‘Looking back at my career, I truly realise how lucky I was to have performed at the highest level and to have won two Stanley Cups. Moreover, I made a lot of friends while walking this path. I’m endlessly grateful to Philadelphia Flyers who let me prove my worth on this level. They believed in me and let me this opportunity to reach these heights. I’m thankful to another four NHL teams I had the luck to play for,’ the 37-year-old player said.
The Ukrainian winger was nicknamed Tank for his persistence and power play skills. He played in the NHL for twelve consecutive seasons in 1997-2015. Fedotenko successfully performed for five different teams; he played 863 games, scored 173 goals and registered 193 assists (336 points scored in total). He won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003/04 and another one with Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008/09. Due to the 2012-2013 NHL lockout, the Ukrainian signed up with hockey club ‘Donbass’, this returning to his home country and stayed there until 2014.
Fedotenko also played internationally for Ukraine’s national ice hockey team, appearing in one game for his nation at the 2002 Winter Olympics in a 5-2 defeat of Switzerland.