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Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Coat of Arms of Belarus is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Nickname(s) White Russians
Association Belarus Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Belarus Arthur Rekshta
Head coach Belarus Andrei Gusov
Assistants Canada Dave Lewis
Belarus Eduard Zankovets
Belarus Vladimir Tsyplakov
Captain Konstantin Koltsov
Most games Alexander Makritsky (163)
Most points Andrei Skabelka (114)
IIHF ranking 9
Highest IIHF ranking 8 (2009)
Lowest IIHF ranking 13 (first in 2003)
Team colours               
First international
 Ukraine 4 - 1 Belarus 
(Minsk, Belarus; November 7, 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 21 - 1 Lithuania 
(Riga, Latvia; August 30, 1996)
Biggest defeat
 Finland 11 - 2 Belarus 
(Mikkeli, Finland; April 7, 1997)
 Canada 11 - 2 Belarus 
(Lloydminster, Canada; March 19, 1998)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 9 (first in 1998)
Best result 6th (2006)
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
International record (W–L–T)
146-96-25


The Belarusian men's national ice hockey team is currently ranked 8th in the world by the IIHF in their 2009 World Ranking. The team is controlled by the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation. Arguably, the greatest moment in Belarusian hockey history was the victory over Sweden in the Quarter-finals of the 2002 Winter Olympics, where the team ultimately finished fourth. Belarus has 2,850 players in their national pool (0.02% of the total population). On 2005 and 2006 World Cups their coach was Glen Hanlon, who brought the best-ever result in World Cups - 6th place in 2006. He was succeeded by Curt Fraser, who led the team in 2007 and 2008. Glen Hanlon returned to coach the team for 2009 World Championships in Switzerland.

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2008 World Championship roster

# Name Pos Birth place Age Club League
10 Antonenko, Oleg F Minsk 36 HC MVD KHL
29 Bashko, Andrei D 25 Metallurg Zhlobin Belarusian Extraliga
68 Chupris, Yaroslav F Minsk 26 Keramin Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
7 Denisov, Vladimir D Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk 23 Lake Erie Monsters AHL
77 Dudik, Dmitry F Minsk 30 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL
33 Goryachevskikh, Stepan G Nizhnekamsk, Russia 22 Yunost Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
84 Grabovski, Mikhail F Potsdam, Germany 24 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL
71 Kalyuzhny, Aleksei F Minsk 30 Avangard Omsk KHL
25 Kolosov, Sergei D Minsk 21 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL
28 Koltsov, Konstantin F Minsk 27 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL
23 Kostitsyn, Andrei F Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk 23 Montreal Canadiens NHL
74 Kostitsyn, Sergei F Navapolatsk, Vitsebsk 21 Montreal Canadiens NHL
43 Kostyuchenok, Viktor D 28 Yunost Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
1 Koval, Vitali G 28 HK Neman Grodno Belarusian Extraliga
11 Kulakov, Aleksandr F Minsk 24 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL
93 Kurilin, Evgeny F Minsk 29 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL
3 Leontiev, Oleg D Saratov, Russia 37 Yunost Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
4 Makritsky, Aleksandr D Minsk 36 Keramin Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
19 Meleshko, Dmitry F 25 HC Spartak Moscow KHL
8 Mikhalev, Andrei F Minsk 30 Keramin Minsk Belarusian Extraliga
20 Milchakou, Dzmitry G Minsk 22 HK Vitebsk Belarusian Extraliga
24 Salei, Ruslan D Minsk 33 Colorado Avalanche NHL
18 Ugarov, Aleksei F Nizhnekamsk, Russia 23 HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL
22 Zadelenov, Sergei F 32 HK Gomel Belarusian Extraliga
27 Zhurik, Aleksandr D Minsk 32 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL

2010 Olympics roster

The following is the Belarusian roster in the men's ice hockey tournament of the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1]

No. Pos.
Name
Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2009–10 team
1 G Koval, VitaliVitali Koval 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 0000000000000100100 kg (220 lb) 01980-03-31 31 March 1980 Perm, Russian SFSR Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
37 G Malyutin, MaximMaxim Malyutin 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 000000000000007474 kg (160 lb) 01988-09-16 16 September 1988 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR Vitebsk (BLR)
31 G Mezin, AndreiAndrei Mezin 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 000000000000007878 kg (170 lb) 01974-07-08 8 July 1974 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
7 D Denisov, VladimirVladimir Denisov 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 000000000000009494 kg (210 lb) 01984-06-29 29 June 1984 Navapolatsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
33 D Karev, AndreiAndrei Karev 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 000000000000009090 kg (200 lb) 01985-02-12 12 February 1985 Elektrostal, Russian SFSR Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
25 D Kolosov, SergeiSergei Kolosov 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) 000000000000009292 kg (200 lb) 01986-05-22 22 May 1986 Navapolatsk Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
43 D Kostiuchenok, ViktorViktor Kostiuchenok 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 000000000000009494 kg (210 lb) 01979-06-07 7 June 1979 Minsk Spartak Moscow (KHL)
4 D Makritsky, AleksandrAleksandr Makritsky 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 000000000000009090 kg (200 lb) 01971-08-11 11 August 1971 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
52 D Ryadinsky, AleksandrAleksandr Ryadinsky 189 cm (6 ft 2 in) 000000000000009393 kg (210 lb) 01978-04-01 1 April 1978 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
24 D Salei, RuslanRuslan SaleiC 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 000000000000009696 kg (210 lb) 01974-11-02 2 November 1974 Minsk Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
5 D Stasenko, NikolaiNikolai Stasenko 195 cm (6 ft 5 in) 0000000000000101101 kg (220 lb) 01987-02-15 15 February 1987 Roshino Amur Khabarovsk (KHL)
10 F Antonenko, OlegOleg AntonenkoA 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 000000000000009292 kg (200 lb) 01971-07-01 1 July 1971 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
59 F Demagin, SergeiSergei Demagin 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 000000000000007979 kg (170 lb) 01986-07-19 19 July 1986 Minsk Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL)
71 F Kalyuzhny, AlexeiAlexei Kalyuzhny 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) 000000000000008484 kg (190 lb) 01977-06-13 13 June 1977 Minsk Dynamo Moscow (KHL)
28 F Koltsov, KonstantinKonstantin KoltsovA 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 000000000000009090 kg (200 lb) 01981-04-17 17 April 1981 Minsk Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
74 F Kostitsyn, SergeiSergei Kostitsyn 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 000000000000009393 kg (210 lb) 01987-03-20 20 March 1987 Navapolatsk Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
11 F Kulakov, AleksandrAleksandr Kulakov 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 000000000000008989 kg (200 lb) 01983-05-15 15 May 1983 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
19 F Meleshko, DmitriDmitri Meleshko 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 000000000000008181 kg (180 lb) 01982-11-08 8 November 1982 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
8 F Mikhalev, AndreiAndrei Mikhalev 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) 000000000000009090 kg (200 lb) 01978-02-23 23 February 1978 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
26 F Stas, AndreiAndrei Stas 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 000000000000008383 kg (180 lb) 01988-10-18 18 October 1988 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
18 F Ugarov, AlexeiAlexei Ugarov 179 cm (5 ft 10 in) 000000000000008080 kg (180 lb) 01985-01-02 2 January 1985 Minsk HC MVD (KHL)
22 F Zadelenov, SergeiSergei Zadelenov 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) 000000000000008888 kg (190 lb) 01976-02-27 27 February 1976 Navapolatsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
21 F Zakharov, KonstantinKonstantin Zakharov 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) 000000000000009393 kg (210 lb) 01985-05-02 2 May 1985 Minsk Dynamo Minsk (KHL)

Defencemen Andrei Antonov, Andrei Bashko, Vadim Sushko and Aleksandr Syrei, and forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Andrei Kostitsyn were initially selected but could not play due to injuries. The players chosen to replace them were defencemen Andrei Karev, Sergei Kolosov, Aleksandr Makritsky and Aleksandr Ryadinsky, and forwards Dmitri Meleshko and Konstantin Zakharov.[2]

Current top players

Olympic record

  • 1920-1992 - Did not participate
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1998 - Finished in 7th place
  • 2002 - Finished in 4th place
  • 2006 - Did not qualify
  • 2010 - Finished in 9th place

World Championship record

  • 1930-1993 - Did not participiate
  • 1994 - Finished in 22nd place (2nd in "Pool C")
  • 1995 - Finished in 21st place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1996 - Finished in 15th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1997 - Finished in 13th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1998 - Finished in 8th place
  • 1999 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2000 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2001 - Finished in 14th place
  • 2002 - Finished in 17th place (Won "Division I, Group A")
  • 2003 - Finished in 14th place
  • 2004 - Finished in 18th place (Won "Division I, Group A")
  • 2005 - Finished in 10th place
  • 2006 - Finished in 6th place
  • 2007 - Finished in 11th place
  • 2008 - Finished in 9th place
  • 2009 - Finished in 8th place

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