The Ukrainian club included younger members and coaches of children’s teams. The Canadian team had one female member, an employee of the CAF press service.
The Canadian soldiers wore hockey shirts, but standard hockey pants were replaced by army fatigues.
Encouraged by locals and hockey fans, both teams showed great spirit and camaraderie during the game. The match ended in a draw – 6:6.
The game went into overtime with three penalty shots for each team. The Galician Lions won unexpectedly, shooting three times into the Canadian goal. The Ukrainian goalkeeper turned out to be faster on the draw than his Canadian counterpart. Final score: 3:0.
Before the game, Colonel Oleksiy Krasiuk, representative of Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Academy of Land Forces and Lieutenant–Colonel Pierre Leroux, Commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine welcomed both teams and the spectators with a strong message: “May friendship win today and in the future!”
The Canadians received souvenirs and memorable gifts from their Ukrainian friends.
The Military Orchestra of the National Academy of Land Forces entertained the crowd with festive music and marching songs. After the game, everyone was treated to a feast of delicious donuts smothered in maple syrup, a surprise treat prepared by our Canadian friends.
Hockey Day was organized by the Lviv City Council and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vashchuk.
All photos by Roman Kravs (Galician Lions Hockey Club) and the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny National Academy of Land Forces press service