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2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

26.05.2017

Experts on reforming Belarusian ice hockey
How can Belarusian ice hockey be reformed after IIHF WM 2017 failure? Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the development of ice hockey in Belarus on May 25. He said this is a truly national sport for Belarus, but players sometimes don't put up a fight and lack morale. A number of topical issues were raised at the meeting. Changes are on the way in this sport. Many of them are associated with the appointment of new chairman of the national ice hockey federation, Semyon Shapiro.

25.05.2017

Belarus President: Money invested in ice hockey doesn't produce desired effect
Belarus President: Money invested in ice hockey doesn't produce desired effect Belarusian athletes need to fight on the ice hockey rink and big bonuses will be given only if high places will be taken at international tournaments. President Alexander Lukashenko demands the return on the money invested in sport. For Belarus, ice hockey is a national sport but players sometimes lack character, the President believes.

20.05.2017

Semyon Shapiro appointed Chairman of Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation
Semyon Shapiro appointed Chairman of Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation The Governor of Minsk region, Semyon Shapiro, was appointed the new chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation. He followed Igor Rachkovsy, who held the position previously. It was reported during an election meeting held in Minsk. The new chairman of the Federation promised to propel Belarus’ ice hockey to a higher level.

15.05.2017

Belarus saves itself from relegation
Belarus secures IIHF WM elite division spot for 2018 The Belarusian national ice hockey team has retained a place in the elite division of the IIHF WM. The duel with Slovenia proved to be fateful. The guys of Dave Lewis did not have the right for mistake: they could not lose in regulation time. Belarus lost the first period 1:2. Fortunately, after the break Belarus equalized quickly and then their play exploded and Belarus literally destroyed the opponents scoring three times.

11.05.2017

Belarus suffer 0:3 defeat at Switzerland at 2017 IIHF WM
Belarus suffer 0:3 defeat at Switzerland at 2017 IIHF WM The Belarusian team still does not know the taste of victories at the 2017 World Hockey Championship. Charges of head coach Dave Lewis on May 10 lost to Switzerland, who had only 17 hours of rest after their difficult game against hosts France.  In each of the three periods, the Alpians scored once for a 3:0 final scoreline.

09.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko about team Belarus at 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship in France
Alexander Lukashenko about team Belarus at 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship in France After the official events in Victory Square in Minsk President Lukashenko met with journalists. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the situation in the world today, about the development of the regions, the situation with Belarusian ice hockey and many other things. Correspondent:May is associated with ice hockey period as well. Ice World Championship is being held. How can you estimate team Belarus at this championship?

07.05.2017

Czech Republic whitewash Belarus 6:1 at IIHF WM 2017
Czech Republic whitewash Belarus 6:1 at IIHF WM 2017 The second match at the World Hockey Championship 2017 turned into a second defeat for the Belarusian team. It was much more sensitive than in Friday's match against the Finns. This time the team of Dave Lewis tried to take away points from the Czech Republic. By the end of the first period, the Czechs scored twice, but the goal of Alexander Pavlovich at the beginning of the second stanza left Belarus some hopes. But Belarus could not repeat the scenario of the game against Finland when they managed to return into the game trailing 0:2.

06.05.2017

Belarus narrowly lose to Finland in 2017 IIHF WM opener
Belarus narrowly lose to Finland in 2017 IIHF WM opener The Belarusian national hockey team held their first match at the 81st IIHF World Championships. Under the arches of the Paris AccorHotels Arena, Dave Lewis' Belarus met with the formidable team of Finland. The beginning of the game did not inspire optimism: Lalande was beaten twice in the opening five minutes. Fortunately, after that the Belarusians took heart and managed to level the game. They struck back at the end of the second period, with young Yegor Sharangovich punishing the Finnish goalie Joonas Korpisalo for a blunder.

05.05.2017

Belarus to play Finland in IIHF WM 2017 opener
Belarus to play Finland in IIHF WM 2017 opener The Belarusian hockey team on May 5 will hold its debut match at the IIHF WM 2017 in France.  Dave Lewis' team encounter Finland, who are silver medalists of the 2016 WM.  Back then, in Russia, Belarus also met with the Finns in the opener to lose 2:6. The national team of Belarus has managed to beat Finland only once in its history - at the IIHF WM 2009. However, the Finns lost only in the shootout.
Sports Ministry comments on police search of Team Belarus' in France
Sports Ministry comments on police search of Team Belarus' in France The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus has expressed strong protest in connection with the search of the Belarusian ice hockey team in Paris. The Foreign Ministry also requires a thorough investigation of the incident, explanations and apologies from the French side. Team Belarus arrived in Paris to participate in the IIHF WM 2017 but were searched by police at the railway station. Personal belongings were inspected. All doctors' medications were also checked. The police could not find anything and the team was later released.

04.05.2017

Belarus demands that France apologize as team searched by police ahead of 2017 IIHF WM
Belarus demands that France apologize as team searched by police ahead of 2017 IIHF WM The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus demands that the French side conduct an investigation into the incident with Belarusian ice hockey players in Paris and provide explanations. In addition, Belarusian diplomats are waiting for an official apology in connection with the inspection of the ice hockey team at the railway station. Team Belarus arrived in Paris to participate in the IIHF WM 2017 but were searched by police at the railway station. Personal belongings were inspected.
Belarus demands explanations from France after Belarusian hockey players searched
French police search Belarus ice hockey team ahead of 2017 IIHF WM The Belarusian Foreign Ministry demands explanations from the French authorities because of the search of the Belarusian national hockey team. This is stated in the official Twitter account of the foreign ministry. The ministry also said that the embassy of Belarus in France is in touch with the team. Team Belarus, including coaches and doctors, underwent a thorough search at the train station in Paris, where the team arrived from Bordeaux to that IIHF ice hockey world championship.

20.04.2017

Andrei Stas to captain Belarus at IIHF WM 2017
Andrei Stas to captain Belarus at IIHF WM 2017 Andrei Stas will be captain of the Belarus national ice hockey team at the upcoming World Ice Hockey Championship. Alexander Pavlovich and Vladimir Denisov have been chosen as his assistants. This is the choice of the Belarus coaching staff. The IIHF WM 2017 in Germany and France will start on May 5th. Belarusians are going to hold two more friendlies ahead of the championship. At the EuroChallenge, Belarus will meet Sweden twice.

30.03.2017

Belarus begins preparations for IIHF WM 2017
Belarus begins preparations for IIHF WM 2017 The Belarus national ice hockey team have begun preparations for the May world championship. On March 29, the team gathered for a training camp in Minsk. Dave Lewis called up 31 players. The lion's share are from Dinamo Minsk, but there are also representatives of national Extraliga, the Belarusian national ice hockey championship. Three goalies have been called up, including unofficial number one Mikhail Karnaukhov.

24.05.2016

Belarus to face Canada, Finland, Czech Republic at 2017 IIHF WM
Belarus to face Canada, Finland, Czech Republic at 2017 IIHF WM The ice hockey team of Belarus at the IIHF WM 2017 in France and Germany will play in preliminary Group B and is to take on Canada and Finland, the 2016 finalists. The Belarusians will play the first phase of the tournament in Paris, with their first game to be on May 5 against Finland, vice-champions of the world. Then Belarusians will face the Czech Republic (May 6), Canada (May 8), Switzerland (10 May), France (12 May), Slovenia (May 13) and Norway (16 May).