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Summerside Western Capitals welcome 2 Ukrainian players, on and off the ice

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David Sibilevych hadn't set foot on the ice in more than a month because of the war in Ukraine, but when he arrived on P.E.I.

earlier this month, that all changed, and quickly. "I put him on the ice for about 20 minutes to try to break in his gear and I went to him and said, 'You're going to play tonight,'" said Billy McGuigan, head coach of the Summerside Western Capitals. "And he just kind of looked at me and smiled and said, 'Sure, I'll play.'" It took the 19-year-old nearly 30 hours to travel to P.E.I.

He was the first Ukrainian player to join the team, but another, Fedor Babenko, 18, joined him this week. "I'm happy when I arrived.

Finally, I'm here, and I can play hockey," Sibilevych said. His last club was HK Kremenchuk, in the Ukrainian Hockey League.

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