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The Rise Of Misha Donskov

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The tour bus pulled to a stop in a Westerville neighborhood early in September. One by one, some of the biggest names in the NHL — Toronto coach Mike Babcock, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, Washington coach Barry Trotz, Detroit general manager Ken Holland, to name a few — filed onto the curb and into the Donskov family home.

Misha Donskov quit a lucrative job with Dublin-based Cardinal Health in 2009 to pursue his dream of a career at the highest levels of hockey. Only seven years later, Team Canada's staff gathered at his home on the eve of an exhibition game against Team USA.

"It was surreal," Donskov said, who served on the coaching staff for Team Canada in the World Cup. "And to be able to share that with my family, it was pretty awesome."

Paul Donskov, the family patriarch, shared a back-porch beer with Babcock. His wife, Debbie, spun tales of home on an inside sofa with St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Brother Anthony smoked cigars in the side yard with Quenneville, talking hockey.

"I just remember looking around that night and thinking that all the decisions I made — some of the risks I took — all led me to this time and place, and all of them were worth it," Donskov said. "It honestly was the coolest hockey experience of my life."

Donskov, who turns 40 in April, is just getting started.

Months before the World Cup, Donskov was hired as director of hockey operations for the NHL's expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, which begins play next season.

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Misha Donskov Named Director Of Hockey Operations For Las Vegas Team

from Vegas is Hockey,

Bill Foley, majority owner of the newly awarded NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, LLC, announced today that Misha Donskov has been hired as the team’s Director of Hockey Operations.

Donskov joins the Las Vegas NHL team from Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Teams where he served as Manager, Hockey Operations/Analytics & Video. On July 1, 2016, he was appointed Assistant Coach/Hockey Operations for the Men’s National Teams.

He has won a gold medal with Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, and with the 2013 Under-18 Team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition, Donskov won a bronze medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship in Finland. 

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