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Ukraine's Men's National Hockey Team Completes First Game Since Start of War

Ukraine's men's national team returned to competition for the first time since the invasion by Russia, facing off against Hungary in a close contest.
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What a moment.

For the first time since the Russian invasion began in February, Ukraine's men's national team hit the ice for a pre-World Championship exhibition game against Hungary.

Hungary ultimately won the game 3-1, but they play in a higher division, so the result was expected. After the team gave up a goal in the first, Dmitri Nimenko became the first player to score for Ukraine in 2022, a happy moment for a team and a country facing cruel hardships.

Ukraine will play in the Division IB tournament, the first time the event has happened since 2019 due to COVID-19. The IB tournament takes place in Poland from April 26 to May 1, while Hungary will begin its Division IA tournament two days after.

Ukraine's U-18 men's hockey team will begin play at the Division IB tournament as well on April 25.

To watch the game in full, click below:

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