Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, sport has taken a back seat to survival for athletes in that country.
At just 18 years old, Savva Serdiuk has risen to become one of the most promising young goaltenders in Ukraine’s hockey system despite the conflict.
Playing for Sokil Kyiv in the capital city, Serdiuk has seen the ice as an escape from the destruction and violence that has gripped his country over the past year.
“Hockey is probably one of the best things in my life,” said Serdiuk. “When I come into practices every morning, I feel like I am in a safe place with my friends. I’m feeling better when I am practicing.”