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Potomac Patriots: Ukrainian pair ink contracts with USPHL team

Feliks Morozov and Yevgeni Zyk are set to join the Potomac Patriots this fall after playing last year for the Berkut Kiev U20 and U18 teams in their native country of Ukraine.

Morozov, a 6-foot left wing, and Zyk, a 6-4 center, were on the Berkut Kiev team that captured the 2016-17 Ukraine
U20 league title. Morozov finished the season second on the team in scoring with 26 goals and 22 assists. That gave him a total of 48 points in the regular season.

Zyk tallied four goals and five assists on the year.

Both were also members of the Ukraine U18 team that participated in the 2016-17 Four Nations Cup. Morozov was an assistant captain for Ukraine.

“Feliks is a very dynamic player that I expect will be able to step in. He can contribute offensively for our team right away. Yevgeni is a strong, two-way center that can play in any situation and also brings an impressive ability to finish around the net,” said Patriots USPHL Premier head coach Zachary Vit. “Both have tremendous upside and competed against some older opponents last year with Berkut Kiev. They also played on a championship team. We are very excited to have Feliks and Yevgeni in Potomac, as they continue their development in the USPHL this season.”

These two 2000-born forwards join a revamped Patriots roster. This revamped roster will include an impressive variety of players with experience in high-level junior, Midget, and international hockey. Gustav Rosén (Sweden), Elvinas Karla (Lithuania), and Yousso Steyaert (Belgium) are also European imports to the Patriots this coming season.

Devin Melice, a ’97 from Manassas, Va., has signed with the Potomac Patriots in the USPHL for the 2017-18 season.

Melice returns to the Patriots organization after spending last season with the New England Wolves in the EHL.

He played for the Patriots’ USPHL Elite team from 2014 through 2016. During that time, he which  posted a combined 30 points in 66 games.

“Devin is a skilled player with a ton of character,” said Patriots general manager R.J. Zeigler. “This was a big signing for our coaches as they complete the rebuild of the program.”

“Devin’s work ethic, leadership, and experience at the junior level will have a really positive influence on our team heading into the season,” added Vit. “I am excited that he is returning to the Patriots organization. I am looking forward to working with Devin as he prepares to make the jump to the collegiate level after next year.”