As the war in Ukraine continues, we expect to see more and more Ukrainian free agents in the PHL, maybe even possibly a whole team down the line. Ukraine national team defenseman Filipp Pangelov-Yuldashev has officially joined Unia Oswiecim. The agreement is for a year and will end in April.
Before joining the blue and white, Pangelov-Yuldashev played in Donbass Donetsk. There he was one of the league’s top players, even taking home both MVP and defensemen of the year during the 2021 season. In total the 28-year-old defender posted 59 points (14G-55A-59PTS) in 108 games during three years in Ukraine’s top league. Before signing in Ukraine, the Kyiv native mostly played in Russia’s second league, the VHL. There he appeared in 165 games across four years. He has represented the Ukrainian national team in three IIHF events, including the most recent Division 1 Group B World Championships held in Poland.
Unia Oswiecim continues to look to build upon its second-place finish during the 2022 season. The team is still without a head coach, but that has not stopped some major offseason moves. The club also added two all-time PHL greats in the North American duo of Alex Szczechura and Michael Cichy.
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