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14.12.2017

Belarus U20 preparing for World Hockey Championship in USA
Belarus U20 to play against Buffalo, USA, Slovakia prior to WM The U20 World Hockey Championship starts in Buffalo December 26. The team of Belarus, which regained its place in the elite, will take on Sweden in the starting game of the upcoming WM. Belarus, coached by Yuri Faykov, will also play in the same group against Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic. Four teams of five will play in the playoffs. On December 12, Belarus started a training camp. Yuri Faykov has to pick four hockey players out of 28.

12.12.2017

Russia decides to partake in Olympics under neutral flag
Belarus hockey team not likely to replace Russia at 2018 Olympics Russian athletes can compete at the Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag. This decision was supported by the Olympic Assembly of the Russian Olympic Committee on December 12. By the way, the decision was adopted unanimously. A week ago, the International Olympic Committee decided to remove Russia from the 2018 Olympics in connection with the doping scandal.

08.12.2017

Belarus' minister: Sport should be out of politics
Belarus' minister: Sport should be out of politics Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Shamko is sure that sport should be out of politics. "Sport should be out of politics. The Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation supported the statement that was made in favor of the Russian team," Shamko told media on Friday. "Sport should have only sports aspects - if someone has allowed blunders, then there should be individual responsibility. Everyone should answer for themselves only, and the principle of collective responsibility should not be used in this situation," the minister said.

06.12.2017

Belarus does not want to substitute Russia at 2018 Olympics
Belarus does not want to substitute Russia at 2018 Olympics Deputy Chairman of the Hockey Federation of Belarus and a member of the Council of the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) Sergei Goncharov said that the Belarusian hockey team would not want to replace the Russian team at the 2018 Olympics.

05.12.2017

Belarus President's son starts in amateur ice hockey tournament
Belarus President's son starts in amateur ice hockey tournament Minsk Griffins (HC Grifony) has successfully started the Minsk city tournament among children and teenagers "Golden Puck" in the senior age group. Players born in 2003 and 2004 will compete at Chizhovka Arena for eight days. In the first round in group A the team of the Tsentralnyi district Griffins beat opponents from "Partizan" - 8:4, "Berkut" (Frunzensky district) beat "Olympia" from Pervomaisky district - 11:3. In group B young hockey players from the Moskovsky district team "Bear" defeated "Meteor" (Oktyabrsky district) - 9:1.

29.11.2017

Coach Lewis about progress of living standards in Belarus
Coach Lewis about progress of living standards in Belarus The head coach of the national Belarusian ice hockey team Dave Lewis from Canada has given an interview in one of the programs of the Belarusian TV Channel Belarus-5, where he commented on the changes which have taken place in Belarus since he came to the country in 2009. The Canadian coach noticed that considerable changes have taken in Belarus.

23.11.2017

Interior Minister of Belarus Igor Shunevich shows Belarus President ice hockey sticks made by prisoners
Belarus' prisoners make ice hockey sticks. This is what they look like During today's meeting with the President of Belarus, the Interior Minister demonstrated to Alexander Lukashenko ice hockey sticks of domestic production - they were made by prisoners. "The sticks are made at the prisons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As soon as we receive the conclusion of specialists and correct some defects, we will send them to serial production," Igor Shunevich said.

22.11.2017

Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus: Rules and facts
Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus: Rules and facts Belarus is a sports country and it can be proud of being successful in various kinds of sports. For instance, with no doubt ice hockey can be included into the list of the most popular sports in Belarus. You can hardly find anyone who doesn't enjoy ice hockey in Belarus.  Belarusians adore coming to ice hockey matches, they enjoy watching the game and shouting for their favorite team. Nevertheless, there is one ice hockey tournament everyone waits for with great excitement every year (usually from 4 till 7 January).

17.11.2017

American escapes from Belarusian ice hockey club
American escapes from Belarusian ice hockey club American Ryan Walters has escaped from one of the best Belarusian ice hockey clubs Yunost. The American stayed in Minsk Yunost for only a couple of months, after which he packed up his things and went home. One of the main reasons was probably the financial side of the question, said} in head coach Mikhail Zakharov. We were transferred from the big arena to a small one, and not every foreigner agrees to such conditions. But we could not provide Walters with everything we promised.

10.11.2017

2018 Olympic hockey for Belarus if Russia disqualified?
2018 Olympic hockey for Belarus if Russia disqualified? Russia may not go to the Olympics in Pyeongchang. Belarus neighbors are pressed by various international organizations for doping offenses in Sochi. The IOC is conducting several investigations at once and their results will be announced in about a month. The worst outcome for Russians is the removal of the full team from the next Games in South Korea. There is still an option to play under the neutral flag, but the Russian side at the highest level considers such a scenario unacceptable.

01.11.2017

Andrei Paulenka, Belarusian ice hockey player
Promising Belarusians from US junior ice hockey leagues The season in the USA's juniors leagues has gained momentum. There are also some Belarusians to watch, and here is their list - from the league of Ontario to the Junior League of the United States.
Belarus hopes for medals in biathlon and freestyle at 2018 Olympics
Belarus hopes for medals in biathlon and freestyle at 2018 Olympics Belarus hopes to win medals in biathlon and freestyle at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, said Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism, chief of the mission of the Belarusian team in the upcoming games Alexander Baraulia.

30.10.2017

Grabovski out for second consecutive NHL season?
Grabovski out for second consecutive NHL season? The Belarusian ice hockey player Mikhail Grabovski will not play for Las Vegas in the NHL at least until the end of 2017. Now Grabowski is in Toronto, where he trains according to an individual program. "There is time to give to the family. Mikhail is preparing to become a father for the third time. He will definitely not play until the New Year. Further, everything will depend on his health," Gravovski's father Yuri said.

29.10.2017

Nationwide ice hockey tournament: Belarus President’s team defeats Vitebsk region 6:0
Nationwide ice hockey tournament: Belarus President’s team defeats Vitebsk region 6:0 The second round of the nationwide contest among amateur teams for the prizes of the Presidential Sports Club was held in Vitebsk. The organizers of the event are promising for it to be colorful and fruitful. Interactivity for fans in social networks is the first novelty.

24.10.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk's KHL performance in 2017/18: Analysis
Dinamo Minsk's KHL performance in August-October 2017: Analysis Belarus' representative in the Kontinental Hockey League Dinamo Minsk celebrated the recent victory over Torpedo. However, then followed the defeat at Vityaz 0:4. We took advantage of the break in the calendar to sum up the intermediate results of the performance of Dinamo in one of the strongest ice hockey leagues in the world. Dinamo definitely had a disastrous start of the season. Six consecutive losses threw The Bison to the bottom of the Western Conference.

16.10.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk gets new mascot
HC Dinamo Minsk gets new mascot A new live talisman appeared in the HC Dinamo Minsk. Bison Baron has been living in Minsk Zoo for 10 years. Now the sportsmen know about the animal even more. On October 14 they learnt about his food diet and treated him to some carrots and cabbages. The cage of the bison as a big house. He doesn’t live here alone, but together with a girlfriend called Mulatka.

11.10.2017

HK Neman Grodno won the home-match against JYP Jyväskylä
HK Neman Grodno won the home-match against JYP Jyväskylä HK Neman Grodno won the home-match against JYP Jyväskylä in the Champions Hockey League, but unfortunately finished its participation in the tournament. The match ended with the score 3:0. The goals were scored by Gleb Klimenko, Konstantin Bogdanovsky, and Alexander Zhidkikh. It should be pointed out that all the goals were scored in the 3rd period of the match. Despite the victory, the champion of Belarus will not play in the playoffs, and the representatives of Finland secured their place in the knockout round in the previous round .    

02.10.2017

President Lukashenko receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors October 2
President Lukashenko receives credentials from new foreign ambassadors October 2 Belarus always keeps to a principle of openness, equality and justice in the dialogue with its partners. This was sated by President Lukashenko on October 2, when receiving credentials of foreign ambassadors.

26.09.2017

Dinamo Minsk get late victory over HC Yugra
Dinamo Minsk get late victory over HC Yugra Hockey players of Dynamo Minsk in the evening of September 25 finished another match of the regular KHL championship. At the arena in Khanty-Mansiysk, the Bison tried to take away points from the local club Yugra. Dinamo's Dmitry Buynitsky struck for 1:0 in the middle of the second period. Alas, the leadership of the Minskers did not last long: Veli-Matti Savinainen soon used Yugra's man advantage - 1: 1.

19.09.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk get dramatic win over Metallurg in KHL
HC Dinamo Minsk get dramatic win over Metallurg in KHL The spectators who gathered on the stands of Minsk-Arena on September 17 witnessed one of the most spectacular comebacks in the history of Dinamo Minsk. The home game against Magnitogorsk's Metallurg promised to be another loss as Dinamo were trailing 0:3. Moreover, it was former Bison player Matt Ellison who scored one of the goals for the Magnitka. But in the final stanza the hosts turned the game around and created a real miracle. 47 minutes - Alexander Kitarov scores. Two minutes later Alexander Pavlovich makes it 2:3.

16.09.2017

President Lukashenko’s ice hockey team celebrates 20th anniversary
President Lukashenko’s ice hockey team celebrates 20th anniversary The ice hockey team of the President is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The first training session of the team was held in 1997. The members of the team went on an excursion around the Palace of Independence. Tis time the Palace opened its doors for famous ice hockey players who came to the place together with their wives. The famous green hall is the “witness” of the “Normandy Four” meeting, a hall for negotiations in a narrow circle and a place for economic issues.

14.09.2017

Dinamo beat Lada in second shutout win
Dinamo beat Lada in second shutout win Dinamo Minsk continued the home series in the regular season of the KHL. This time the Bison took on Lada - one of the worst teams of the Eastern Conference. Already in the first minute Dinamo saw Skille penalized, but the guests looked sluggish despite having man advantage and could not shoot on goal. But the Minsk team soon opened the scoring but the goal was cancelled. The ref ruled that Fontaine was high sticking.

12.09.2017

Dinamo Minsk get second victory of 2017/18 KHL season
Dinamo Minsk get second victory of 2017/18 KHL season The ice hockey club Dinamo has achieved the second victory in the current KHL championship. That is pleasant, the Dinamo goalie made a clean sheet.  The Minsk club beat Chelyabinsk 's Tractor at Minsk-Arena. The beginning of the match was traditionally difficult for The Bison, but the miracle goal by newcomer Jack Skille relaxed the team and gave it confidence. In the future, Evgeny Lisovets and Quinton Howden strengthened Dinamo's lead - 3:0. Skille had a particularly good game as he picked up assists on both occasions.

08.09.2017

Belarus President bashes sports functionaries for athletes' performance
Belarus President bashes sports functionaries for athletes' performance The II European Games should be organized at a decent level, but without excessive pomposity, said Belarus' head of state Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the NOC executive committee. The second European Games will be held in Minsk in less than two years. Sports competitions will be held at more than 10 Minsk venues: from Minsk-Arena to the Dinamo stadium. These competitions in Belarus should further consolidate the nation, Alexander Lukashenko stressed on September 7.

05.09.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk continues worst start in KHL
HC Dinamo Minsk continues worst start in KHL HC Dinamo Minsk continues to write an inglorious history. On September 4, the team led by Gordy Dwyer lost the sixth consecutive match of the regular KHL championship - this is the absolutely worst start of The Bison in history. This time Dinamo took on Severstal. The club from Russia's Cherepovets is not among the KHL title favorites, but any rival is a real puzzle for Minskers today.  The Bison fought well and equalized in the third period, but then conceded a second when the hosts had man advantage - 2:1.

31.08.2017

Worst start in history: Dinamo Minsk suffer fourth defeat in KHL
Worst start in history: Dinamo Minsk suffer fourth defeat in KHL HC Dinamo Minsk have begun the first away series in the new regular KHL season. They started in the capital of Slovakia Bratislava. Slovan has not had a good start of the KHL tournament like The Bison. They both suffered three defeats in three previous opening matches. On August 30, it all started well for Dinamo, Alexander Pavlovich opening the scoring. However, just a second before the first period, the Slovaks stunned The White-Blues by a goal. Interestingly, Dinamo had man advantage in that episode.
Interior Ministry gives 50 sets of uniform to hockey school Dinamo
Interior Ministry gives 50 sets of uniform to hockey school Dinamo The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus has transferred 50 sets of uniform to the hockey school Dynamo. These are experimental samples. They were sewn in one of the correctional facilities of the Gomel region. By the quality it is not inferior to Western analogs, but its price is almost two times cheaper. This is mainly intended for children under 10 years old. The next months Dinamo school will use it and give a feedback on its quality. And afterwards we should expect mass production.

26.08.2017

Alexander Lukashenko about importance of ice hockey fans
Alexander Lukashenko about importance of ice hockey fans Alexander Lukashenko gave indications to clearly regulate the issue on financial payments to sportsmen and coaches with a connection to a certain result. This was said by Lukashenko during a meeting with players and coaching staff of the hockey club Dinamo Minsk on August 25, 2017.
President Lukashenko discusses situation in ice hockey with HC Dinamo Minsk staff
President Lukashenko discusses situation in ice hockey with HC Dinamo Minsk staff Alexander Lukashenko demands spectacular and resultative ice hockey matches. The President met with players and coaching staff of the hockey club Dinamo Minsk on August 25, 2017. Topical and inconvenient subjects were discussed at the meeting. Alexander Lukashenko had many times before said that he is not happy with the situation in this kind of sport.

25.08.2017

President Lukashenko meets with Dinamo Minsk players and coaches
President Lukashenko meets with HC Dinamo Minsk staff Belarusian hockey players should show a decent performance, said Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with players and coaching staff of the hockey club Dinamo Minsk. In Belarus, this sport is supported at a very high level. Belarus has a record number of ice hockey fans, so players are expected not only good results, but also spectacular games. Entertaining matches is the responsibility of hockey players. In order for the team to play smoothly, they need to find a common language even before going to the ice.

24.08.2017

Dinamo Minsk lost to Jokerit in KHL opener
Dinamo Minsk lose to Jokerit in KHL opener New season brings new hopes. On August 23, Dinamo Minsk held its first match of the 10th regular championship of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) against Jokerit at Minsk Arena. Gordy Dwyer's Dinamo did not have a good game from the start, Jokerit enjoying man advantage during the first and second periods.

18.08.2017

Quinton Howden joins HC Dinamo Minsk
Quinton Howden joins HC Dinamo Minsk Dinamo Minsk have signed another freshman from across the ocean. On August 17, it became known that 25-year-old Canadian striker Quinton Howden has joined The Bison. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft He took part in three seasons for the Panthers and featured in 92 matches. The total effectiveness is 17 points.
Dinamo Minsk take last place in Latvian Railways Cup
Dinamo Minsk take last place in Latvian Railways Cup Dinamo Minsk have lost to Ak Bars 2:3 in the third-place match of the Latvian Railways Cup after winning 3:2 just a day before. In the final match of the Latvian Railway Cup - the tournament in Riga with the participation of KHL teams - The Bison were competed for third place against the club from Tatarstan. This time the teams again could not decide on the victor in regular time but this time it was Ak Bars who won. The teams did not resort to shootout after Ak Bars made it 3:2 in overtime. Kitarov and Drozd netted for Dinamo in this game.

17.08.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk defeat Ak Bars at Latvian Railways Cup, to compete for third place
HC Dinamo Minsk defeat Ak Bars at Latvian Railways Cup, to compete for third place Dinamo Minsk won the first match at the Cup of Latvian Railways - the pre-season hockey tournament with the participation of KHL teams. In the first match The Bison lost to the hosts Dinamo Riga. After that was another defeat at Lokomotiv, but on August 16 the team led by Gordy Dwyer finally won. This time they defeated Kazan's Ak Bars.  The Minskers were 0:2 behind but thanks to the double of Kovyrshin the match moved to overtime. Then there was a series of shootouts, where The Bison won 3:2.

15.08.2017

Dinamo Minsk suffer second defeat at Latvian Railways Cup
Dinamo Minsk suffer second defeat at Latvian Railways Cup HC Dinamo Minsk are making final preparations for the new season of the KHL, which will start next week. These days the Bison are testing their readiness at the Cup of Latvian Railways. On August 13, the Belarusian club failed to succeed against Dinamo Riga, leading 2:0, but losing in the end 2:3. Today, history repeated itself in the battle with Yaroslavl's Lokomotiv.

26.06.2017

Dinamo Minsk's Craig Woodcroft resigns
Dinamo Minsk manager Craig Woodcroft resigns Head coach of HC Dinamo Minsk Craig Woodcroft is leaving the hockey club. As reported on the club's official website, the contract with the Canadian manager was terminated ahead of schedule upon agreement of the parties. "The contract with Craig was terminated by agreement of the parties. The club was ready to continue cooperation with him, but, considering Craig's wishes regarding contract termination we agreed on mutual termination without dismissal pay.” 

23.06.2017

Vegas Golden Knights sign Belarus' only NHL player Grabovski
Vegas Golden Knights sign Belarus' only NHL player Grabovski The only Belarusian ice hockey player in the NHL - Mikhail Grabovsky - has changed club. The 33-year-old striker, who never went on the ice for New York Islanders last season due to health problems, will now play for Vegas Golden Knights.  This club representing Las Vegas will make a debut in the strongest ice hockey league of the world this autumn. Grabovsky joined the NHL newcomers on the night of June 21 in the so-called Expansion Draft.

29.05.2017

How will ice hockey be developing in Belarus?
How will ice hockey be developing in Belarus? Representatives of the American company Uber (this is a very well-known large company) came to Belarus this week. They praised Belarusian IT sector and said they intend to launch in Belarus cars of the future (without drivers).  There are many clever heads in Belarus. However, what about sport and ice hockey in particular? Wings, legs, tails... Yes, all this is important. Both programmers and hockey players should both bring victories - that was the leitmotif of the meeting hosted by President Lukashenko on development of ice hockey in Belarus.

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.
Belarus President bashes national ice hockey team
Belarus President bashes national ice hockey team Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the development of ice hockey in Belarus. 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.

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.

23.05.2017

Belarus learns Group A rivals at 2018 IIHF WM
Belarus learns Group A rivals at 2018 IIHF WM The full set of rivals of Belarus national team at the 2018 ice hockey world championship has been unveiled. The IIHF WM 2018 will take place in Denmark. Belarus will perform in group A together with the current holders of the title Swedes, as well as Russia, Czechia, Switzerland, Slovakia, France and newcomers Austria. All matches of this group will take place in Copenhagen at Royal Arena.
Belarus, Latvia have infrastructure ready to host 2021 IIHF WM
Belarus, Latvia have infrastructure ready to host 2021 IIHF WM The World Hockey Championship returns to Minsk! Belarus and Latvia were given the right to jointly conduct the competition in 2021. The Congress of the International Federation on May 19 in Cologne made such a decision. The choice is not easy: Minsk and Riga against Helsinki. As a result, the votes were divided: 55 versus 52. 

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.

19.05.2017

Belarus and Latvia to host 2021 IIHF World Championship
Belarus and Latvia to host 2021 IIHF World Championship Good news came from German Cologne May 19. Belarus and Latvia will host the World Hockey Championship in 2021. The decision was made at the Congress of the IIHF. Finland was the competitor of Minsk and Riga. The votes divided: 55 vs. 52. The IIHF World Championship is set to take place from 7 to 23 May 2021. It is expected that the final and the semifinal matches will be held in Minsk.
Dinamo Minsk no longer needs foreign players and coaches?
Dinamo Minsk no longer needs foreign players and coaches? On May 19, Alexander Lukashenko received a report from the Minister of Internal Affairs. Serious changes are planned in the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk. Igor Shunevich is the chairman of the supervisory board of the club. During the working meeting the President supported the decision to refuse from the services of foreign players.

16.05.2017

Producer Maksimkov on how to advertise a country
Producer Maksimkov on how to advertise Belarus Producer Vladimir Maksimkov spoke about the need of creating more newsbreakers during the talk show What's Going On? on the TV channel RTR-Belarus.

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.

10.05.2017

Alexander Bogdanovich comments on Belarus ice hockey team search in France During the talk show “What’s Going On?” sportsman Alexander Bogdanovich commented on the search of Belarus’ national ice hockey team in France and the critics concerning the sportsmen during President Lukashenko’s Address. In virtue of the reasons beyond your control you didn’t go to the Olympics in Rio. You attended during the Address. Is it insulting? Is it unfair to get such evaluation?

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 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.

28.04.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk becomes UNICEF official partner
HC Dinamo Minsk becomes UNICEF official partner The ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk has become an official partner of UNICEF. This is the first sports club in Belarus to have signed such a memorandum of cooperation with this organization. Now during matches involving The Bison fans can not only enjoy the play of their favorite team, but also learn about the current issues of children's rights in Belarus. The agreement was signed within the framework of the republican campaign Playroom Without Violence designed to resist violence in the family.

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.

10.04.2017

Belarus President's team wins national competition among ice hockey amateurs
Belarus President's team wins national competition among ice hockey amateurs The team of the President of Belarus on April 9 won in the republican competition among ice hockey amateurs. The CTV channel also followed the events at Chizhovka Arena. Participants of the amateur hockey tournament compete for the prizes of the Presidential Sports Club. The score in the match was opened by the team of the Minsk region, in the fifth minute thanks to Aleksandr Babak's effort. The opponents were not going to give up and soon, at end of the first period, the President's team levelled the score.

03.04.2017

Belarus President's team into final of national amateur ice hockey competition
Belarus President's team into final of national amateur ice hockey competition The Belarus President's team will meet the Minsk region team in the final of the 10th national competition among fans. In the semifinal, Alexander Lukashenko's team defeated the Brest team 10:3. The President's team's Pavel Bely was the top scorer, while the President himself made three assists.

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.

17.03.2017

Hopes and dreams of young Belarusian ice hockey players
Hopes and dreams of young Belarusian ice hockey players Sport helps children to develop healthy both physically and mentally. Belarus pays special attention to it. There is a great variety of different sport clubs, and among them are those teaching ice hockey. The final games of the national hockey competition among children and teenagers Golden Puck were held in March 2017. Eight teams from all over the country took part in the finals. On the first day, the team of Vitebsk Region crushed the Minsk team Medvedi. The result shows that this sport is gaining popularity.

13.03.2017

HC Griffony of Nikolai Lukashenko win Golden Puck ice hockey tournament
HC Griffony of Nikolai Lukashenko win Golden Puck ice hockey tournament Minsk's HC Griffony have defended the champion's title of the republican competition Golden Puck in the younger age group (born in 2004-2005) in division A. In the final match, which was held on March 12 at Chizhovka Arena, the team of the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk beat HC Medved of the Moskovsky district of Minsk 6:2. Nikolai Lukashenko, son of the Belarus President, scored a hat-trick. Third place was taken by HC Gomel, who won against Mirazh from the town of Gorki 12:7.

09.03.2017

Golden Puck tournament on presidential prizes begins in Minsk
Golden Puck tournament on presidential prizes begins in Minsk The tournament Golden Puck for the prizes of the Belarus President begins in Minsk on March 9. Young ice hockey players will be competing at Chizhovka-Arena. The tournament starts with the game of the Minsk region vs Vitebsk region. The championship slogan is "Local championship today - World Championship tomorrow."

03.03.2017

HC Dinamo Minsk knocked out of KHL playoffs
HC Dinamo Minsk knocked out of KHL playoffs The first day of spring became the last day for Dinamo Minsk in the current season of the Kontinental Hockey League. On March 1, in Yaroslavl, the Bison from Minsk suffered a fourth defeat at Lokomotiv Yaroslav in the quarterfinal series of the Western Conference and did not qualify for the next round. Rob Klinkhammer of Dinamo opened the scoring. But the hosts replied through the efforts of Stefan Kronwall. In the second stanza, Pavel Koledov brought the Yaroslavl team forward, and two more goals followed in the third.

28.02.2017

Dinamo Minsk trailing 1:3 in KHL playoff
Dinamo Minsk trailing 1:3 in KHL playoff Dinamo Minsk have won their KHL playoff match against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl thus reducing the gap to 3:1. Dinamo won the fourth match of the quarterfinals 4:2 (2:0, 2:2, 0:0). The three previous defeats did not leave Dinamo a chance for a mistake. Particularly painful was Dinamo's home defeat 1:5 in the third match of the series on 25 February. Andrei Stepanov was Dinamo's "engine" during this game. It was his goal thanks to which Dinamo opened the scoring. After 17 minutes, Dinamo captain Alexander Pavlovich made it 2:0.

23.02.2017

Joint ice hockey championship of Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia possible?
Joint ice hockey championship of Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia possible? Leaders of the hockey federations of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Georgia and Israel attended the seminar on the development of hockey in the countries of the Eastern Group, which was organized by the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation under the auspices of the IIHF. Those present were invited to adopt Belarus' experience in the development of ice hockey, the development of various scientific and teaching materials, the organization of training seminars for coaches of hockey schools at both the local and international level.
Number of ice palaces in Belarus increases by 8 times over last 20 years
Number of ice palaces in Belarus increases by 8 times over last 20 years In Belarus, there are dozens of multifunctional complexes, also called ice palaces. They attract people of all ages from kids to adults, and sometimes become the center of the development of new young talents of the country. 10-year-old Gleb Suboch is the hope of his club. He is the best goaltender among members of the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk. He was born in Minsk, in the city where the World Hockey Championship 2014 was successfully held and its ice arenas are among the best ones on the continent.

20.02.2017

HC Yunost wins Belarusian ice hockey championship 2016-2017
HC Yunost wins Belarusian ice hockey championship 2016-2017 HC Yunost Minsk has outperformed its opponents in the Belarus Ice Hockey Championship. After Sunday’s victory HC Yunost got 1st place in the regular championship, a place in the Continental Cup and the right to start the play-off series at home. The Sunday match with Shakhtyor was surprisingly rough (a total of 73 minutes of penalty time proves it). Both teams scored once in power play in the first period and also HC Yunost scored in the end of the period in the 5-on-5 play.

16.02.2017

HC Lida wins lucky losers round in Belarus National Extraleague
HC Lida wins lucky losers round in Belarusian ice hockey championship One match of the Belarusian National Extraleague was played. Lida won against the U-20 Belarus national ice hockey team away 3:1. It is remarkable that the visitors scored in every period. This victory allowed the Lida team to win the lucky losers round of Extraleague. Without regard to the rest matches, the Grodno region hockey players will be on first place in the standings. 

06.02.2017

Dinamo Minsk advance to 2016-2017 KHL playoff
Dinamo Minsk advance to 2016-2017 KHL playoff HC Dinamo Minsk is in the playoff of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The Bison qualified early for the knockout round thanks to the away victory in penalty shootout over HC Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk. The regular time ended in a draw 2:2. Klinkhammer и Korobov were among the scorers for the Belarusian team. In the penalty shootout, it was Dinamo’s Palushaj who brought victory to the Belarusians. Thus, the Minsk team has 98 points and will not fall below 8th place in the table. This is the fourth time HC Dinamo have advanced into the playoff in history.

01.02.2017

HC Yunost Minsk closer to Belarus' Extraliga gold
HC Yunost Minsk closer to Belarus' Extraliga gold Only one match was held on Tuesday as part of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Championship. But what a match that was! HC Neman took on HC Yunost in Grodno. The teams were in fact fighting for the gold medals of the regular season (Extraliga), while the victory over the main competitor almost certainly meant additional psychological advantage in the upcoming playoff. As a result, the Minsk team achieved a 3:1 success. In the tournament table, they are seven points ahead of the Grodno team.

08.01.2017

Belarus win Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
Belarus claim 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament title Belarus has won the main trophy of the Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President. Belarus won 7:3 against Finland in the final. Belarus are now ten-time champions of the tournament. 4 wins in 4 games. The most devoted fans of the tournament might say "Deja Vu". The Belarus-Finland final took place in 2016, too. Back then Belarus was stronger 2:1.

07.01.2017

Belarus fired up ahead of Finland game at Christmas ice hockey tournament
Belarus fired up ahead of Finland game at Christmas ice hockey tournament Team of the Belarus President is competing in the Christmas ice hockey amateur tournament final against Finland now. Belarus is now 1:0 ahead but the game still continues. Finns have it difficult in this match but they are fighting bravely. This final is intriguing, because last year, in 2016, the same teams reached the final of the XII Christmas tournament. Back then, the teams scored only three goals, which is few for an amateur game. But Belarus did win 2:1.
UAE grab bronze at Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
UAE grab bronze at Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk On January 7, the winner of the Christmas ice hockey amateur tournament for the prize of the President will be determined at Chizhovka Arena. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates won bronze in the third-place match. Guests from the Gulf have beaten a very strong opponent – Slovakia – with the score 4:3. In 2016, the Slovaks won third place at the Christmas tournament but this year gave way to the UAE, for whom this is the third tournament. Generally, the UAE's performance at the XIII Christmas tournament could be called a big sensation.
Swiss hockey players visit WWII museum in Minsk
Swiss hockey players visit WWII museum in Minsk Participants of the Christmas tournament continue to get acquainted with the Belarusian capital. Team Switzerland visited the Great Patriotic War Museum on January 6. Participants of ice battles showed interest in the dioramas of military battles. For Swiss players, this page of history of Belarus proved to be particularly interesting. After all, during WWII, Switzerland remained neutral.

06.01.2017

Belarus into 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament final
Belarus into 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament final The Belarus national ice hockey team have entered the final of the Christmas ice hockey amateur tournament for the prizes of the President of Belarus. Belarus defeated Switzerland 6:0. Belarusians had playing advantage from the start of the tournament and did not leave a chance to the opponents. The first goal was scored already in the fourth minute. Belarus has won the tournament nine times and three more times became silver medalists. The Swiss' best result was back in 2008 - fourth place.
Charity during Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Charity during 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk Participants of the International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament have found time for good deeds amid sports battles. This tradition was born five years ago. On Christmas Eve, athletes go to children with presents. This time, the guests were welcomed in Molodechno boarding school, where visually impaired children study. They were given laptops, tablets and air hockey. In gratitude, the children staged a musical performance. Also, the athletes were treated to Belarusian national dishes.
UAE oust Balkans team 9:5 at Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
UAE oust Balkans team 9:5 at Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk On January 6, we will learn the finalists of the XIII Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President. One of the matches has already finished today. The match between the teams of the UAE team and the Balkans ended about an hour ago. Hockey players from the Persian Gulf defeated the Swiss yesterday and today again won 9:5, this time against the Balkan team, consisting of players from eight countries. The latter have not had a victory at this tournament. 
German players about 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Germany at 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk Before hitting the ice the foreign participants of the Christmas amateur tournament got acquainted with the sports infrastructure of Minsk, shopped and made selfies on the background of the Belarus capital's attractions. Yana Shipko, CTV:Belarus is famous for its sports traditions, but it still can learn from guests who came to the tournament. Mr Bscheid is already 85, but he still plays ice hockey being a true legend of the tournament!

05.01.2017

Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say
Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say The Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President continues in Minsk. Belarus won their second match today. This time against the Balkan team - 14:7. President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists). Belarus in total won nine gold medals and three silvers at Christmas tournaments. Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.
Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament
Belarus wins against Team Balkans at 2017 Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament Team of the President of Belarus has won a second victory at the 2017 Christmas Amateur Tournament. A few hours ago, at Chizhovka Arena, Belarusians with beat the team of the Balkans 14:7 (5:2, 2:2, 7:3). Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.  President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists).

04.01.2017

President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament
President Lukashenko opens Christmas Ice Hockey Amateur Tournament Belarus for the 13th time hosts the Christmas tournament among ice hockey amateurs for prize of the President of Belarus. In 2017, representatives of 14 states came to Minsk to participate in ice battles. This is thanks to the fact that a unique team of the Balkans is taking part in the tournament. It brings together players from eight countries at once. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.
Belarus beat United Arab Emirates at 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament
Belarus beat United Arab Emirates at 2017 Christmas ice hockey tournament The Belarusian national ice hockey team have won 7:3 at the start of 13th Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus. Belarus won against rivals from the United Arab Emirates. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also played in the match and scored Belarus' last, seventh, goal of the game. Before that, Alexander Lukashenko earned several assist points. Last year, Belarus also met the UAE team at this stage and back then also celebrated a victory - 11:8.
Belarus to take on UAE in 2017 Christmas hockey tournament opener
Belarus to take on UAE in 2017 Christmas hockey tournament opener At this moment, Chizhovka Arena is hosting matches of the 2017 Christmas hockey tournament. Finland are playing Germany and the Balkan team are competing against Switzerland. This is the 13th Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus. Later in the day, Slovakia take on Russia. At 7 p.m., hosts Belarus take on the UAE. All in all, taking part in the tournament are eight teams.
Who are favorites of 2017 Christmas hockey tournament?
Who are favorites of 2017 Christmas hockey tournament? Hockey life in January traditionally includes a significant event - the International Amateur Tournament for the prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The Christmas Tournament will be held in Minsk for the 13th time. The competitions start on January 4. The participants are now putting finishing touches on their preparation.
HC Dinamo Minsk upsets KHL leaders SKA
HC Dinamo Minsk upsets KHL leaders SKA in stunning game Dinamo Minsk have beaten SKA St. Petersburg, the KHL championship leader, in a stunning game which ended 5:4 (1:0, 4:1, 0:3). The fantastic match took place at Minsk-Arena on January 3. Dinamo had two great periods. By the 34th minute, the score was (would you believe it?) 5:0 - just incredible! Goals were scored by Dinamo debutants Pettersson (6th and 26th minute), Aaron Palushaj (22nd), Stepanov (33rd) and Drozd (34th).
Minsk preparing for XIII International Christmas Hockey Tournament
Players about XIII International Christmas Hockey Tournament in Minsk Belarus is once again at the center of significant sporting events. On January 4, the XIII Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk on January 4. Eight teams will fight for the trophy. The Balkans team is taking part for the first time. It brings together representatives of eight states at once: Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia. Thus, the current competition will be the most large-scale in terms of the number of participating countries.
XIII Christmas Amateur Hockey Tournament to start in Minsk January 4
XIII Christmas Amateur Hockey Tournament to start in Minsk January 4 The Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk on January 4. This is the thirteenth edition of the competition. For the first time, the team of the Balkan states is taking part in the competition. It brings together representatives from eight countries at once. Belarus will be represented by the team of the President.

03.01.2017

XIII Christmas hockey tournament to be held in Minsk 4-7 January
XIII Christmas hockey tournament to be held in Minsk 4-7 January The first participants of the popular Christmas international ice hockey tournament began arriving in Minsk. Germany was the first to land at the national airport Minsk. On January 3, other teams will arrive too. These are ice hockey amateurs from the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the countries of the Balkan Peninsula. Michael Brezek, Germany:This is my third time in Belarus. Last year we flew here for a tournament. This year we hope to win, we will do everything that depends on us.

27.12.2016

HC Dinamo Minsk wins first game at Spengler Cup
HC Dinamo Minsk wins first game at Spengler Cup Dinamo Minsk have started the Spengler Cup with a victory. The tournament is now underway in Switzerland. In their opener, The Bison met Canada. The founders of ice hockey were not represented by the strongest players. In fact only players contracted to European hockey clubs took part in the match. The Minsk team opened the scoring but Alexander Materukhin's goal was outnumbered by three goals Dinamo conceded afterwards. Yevgeny Kovyrshin made it 3:2 just before the first break.

05.12.2016

HC Dinamo Minsk chief to take harsh measures if team left out of playoff
HC Dinamo Minsk chief to take harsh measures if team fails to make it into KHL playoff Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk and the Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus Igor Shunevich has announced serious and unpopular measures because of the club's performance. Shunevich is ready to take these measures against the management, coaching staff and perhaps athletes if HC Dinamo Minsk are out of the playoffs in the KHL regular season.

04.11.2016

Belarus defeat France in Euro Ice Hockey Challenge
Belarus defeat France in Euro Ice Hockey Challenge The Belarus national team won a landslide victory in the first round of Euro Iec Hockey Challenge against France 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0). The main events in Bled, Slovenia, took place in the second period. Stanislav Lopachuk scored the first goal for Belarus. Just before the siren for a second break manager Dave Lewis' team increased their advantage. Pavel Razvadovsky's accurate pass to Sergei Drozd resulted in the second goal. 

14.10.2016

Dinamo Minsk suffer heavy defeat at CSKA Moscow in KHL
Dinamo Minsk suffer heavy defeat at CSKA Moscow in KHL HC Dinamo Minsk suffered a second defeat in a row in the KHL championship losing on the road to CSKA Moscow 2:7. Before the match against CSKA Moscow the Minsk club had serious squad problems. The list of the injured included a number of key players of the Belarusian team. Head coach Craig Woodcroft could not count on Nick Bailen, Rob Klinkhammer, David Ullstrom, Yevgeny Kovyrshin and Artem Volkov. Let alone goalie Kevin Lalande and defenseman Kirill Gotovets who have long been sidelined.

11.10.2016

Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena
Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena New design objects now adorn the image of Minsk. A LED installation - the puck and hockey sticks has been installed near Minsk Arena. Nearby is exercise equipment. You can join in for free and without wasting time on a change of clothes. Minsk is now hosting matches of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The installation and exercise equipment are timed to this very event. The new items seem to have a positive feedback. Not only passers-by, but also young people in social networks hail the initiative.

07.10.2016

Four Belarusians into IIHF Council
Four Belarusians into IIHF Council The Council of the International Ice Hockey Federation now includes four representatives of Belarus. Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation (FHRB) Sergei Goncharov now heads the referee committee of the IIHF, FHRB General Secretary Yaroslav Zavgorodny has become a member of the Committee of Youth and Youth Hockey and FHRB Athletic Director Alexander Khromylyov has been elected member of the IIHF's evaluation committee.

06.10.2016

Yunost Minsk beat Champions League winner Frolunda Gothenburg
Yunost Minsk beat Champions League winner Frolunda Gothenburg Yunost Minsk players continue to storm the hockey Champions League. Today, in the first leg of the last 32 coach Mikhail Zakharov's charges beat Swedish Frölunda HC in Minsk at Chizhovka Arena. The Swedish club are the current winner of the tournament and also the champion of Sweden. The hosts were not confused by the status of their contender - a win 3:2. Yunost Minsk won thanks to goals from Turkin, Razvadovsky and Chernook. Frölunda HC will host the return game in a week. It will decide who will make it into the last 16.

05.10.2016

HC Dinamo Minsk extend winning streak to six KHL matches
HC Dinamo Minsk extend winning streak to six KHL matches HC Dinamo Minsk continues to go without defeats in the KHL. This time The Bison achieved a victory in front of home audience. Under the arches of Minsk Arena Craig Woodcroft's team dealt with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. In the middle of the first period Nick Bailen opened the scoring. The next goal took place only 15 seconds before the final siren. Rob Klinkhammer struck the already empty goal of Lokomotiv for a 2:0 final score.

06.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: preparation system of Belarusian ice hockey players needs changes
Alexander Lukashenko: preparation system of Belarusian ice hockey players needs changes The preparation system of Belarusian ice hockey players needs changes. President Alexander Lukashenko announced it during the meeting with President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel. Belarus’ Presedent commented on the qualification match where Belarus was defeated by Slovenia, thus losing the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

04.09.2016

Slovenia beats Belarus to earn 2018 Winter Olympics ice hockey berth
Slovenia beats Belarus to earn 2018 Winter Olympics ice hockey berth The Belarusian ice hockey team in a tense fight lost to Slovenia in the Winter Olympics 2018 qualification. The result of this match was not known until the last moment. The teams played on equal terms and could not determine the winner in regulation time (2:2) and even in the overtime. In the shootout Slovenes were luckier. Minsk during these four days turned into something resembling an Olympic venue. Belarusians, Danes, Poles and Slovenes fought for a single ticket to the 2018 Olympics.
Polish ice hockey team at Minsk City Day
Polish ice hockey team at Minsk City Day On September 4 Belarus will cheer for their national ice hockey team who are going to meet with Slovenia in the 2018 Winter Olympics qualifier which will decide who will go to South Korea in two years. Last time it was Slovenia who did not let Belarus into the 2014 Olympics. Prior to this, Belarusians won big victories in the two previous meetings, having beaten the favorites of the group Denmark and Poland. On September 3, the guests from Poland walked around the celebrating Minsk.

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