Ukrainian standout Kizlo commits to Grey Highlands, will bring solid game to Hawks in '18-19

by Matt Mackinder

The Grey Highlands Hawks have announced that 17-year-old forward Roman Kizlo has committed to play with the Hawks for the 2018-19 season.

Kizlo, a native of  Yavoriv, Ukraine, has played for the Halycki Levy Novoyavorivsk hockey program for his entire playing career. Kizlo’s teams have won the championship three times and have placed second twice. Kizlo has also played for the Carpathian Junior League, winning gold in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. 

He has been nominated for best forward during many international tournaments in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia and Belarus. In 2013-14, he was nominated for the best forward in Ukraine born in the year 2001. In 2015-16, Kizlo was also nominated for best player in the league. 

Kizlo is described as a very intense player, who plays a highly physical game. He has a nose for the net and loves to score.  

“I am ready to bring my skill set to a new team and to do my best every game for the Hawks," said Kizlo. "My goal is to continue my development and learn from coach (Brad) Tichbourne, in order to reach the highest possible level I can in North America." 

Kizlo has always loved watching Canada play at the international level. One of his biggest role models is Connor McDavid, as he loves to try and study his game.  

“It has always been a dream of mine to play hockey in this country," added Kizlo.