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Belarus men's national junior ice hockey team

The Belarusian men's national under-20 ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team in Belarus. The team represents Belarus at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Junior Hockey Championship. Prior to independence in 1991, Belarusian players played for the Soviet Union, which played in the World Juniors from its inception in 1974. Belarus has played in the top division eight times, first in 1999 and most recently in 2018, with their best finish being ninth overall in both 2001 and 2002. The most recent tournament, the 2019 tournament, had Belarus finished second in Division I, the second tier, and twelfth overall.

Belarus
Shirt badge/Association crest
The coat of Arms of Belarus is the badge used on the players jerseys
AssociationBelarus Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachBelarus Pavel Perepekhin
AssistantsBelarus Andrei Kudin
Belarus Andrei Zalivako
CaptainArtur Gavrus
Most pointsAndrei Kostitsyn (21)
IIHF codeBLR
First international
 Kazakhstan 4 - 0 Belarus 
(Minsk, Belarus; November 10, 1992)
Biggest win
 Belarus 19 - 0 Lithuania 
(Minsk, Belarus; November 12, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Russia 12 - 1 Belarus 
(Podolsk, Russia; December 27, 2000)
IIHF World U20 Championship
Appearances24 (first in 1993)
Best result9th (2001, 2002)
International record (W–L–T)
50–47–6

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HistoryEdit

Belarus became an independent nation in 1991, and the team made their first appearance at the top level World Junior Hockey Championships in 1998, when Belarus won Pool B (now Division I). The U20 team attracted some NHL scouts at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Winnipeg, but the Belarusians never won a game and tied Kazakhstan in round-robin play. Belarus finished 10th and were relegated to Pool B for 2000, which was staged in Minsk, Belarus. The team easily returned to the top level by defeating Germany in the final. Belarus had little trouble adjusting to the 2001 World Junior Championships in Moscow, Russia, since players played all over Russia and former Soviet states like Latvia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine. Vitali Aristau, who was 15 years old at the 1999 tournament, was still not good enough to be the starting goaltender for the 2001 squad. The team had two more returnees from the 1999 squad – Konstantin Koltsov and Andrei Maroz. The Belarusians avoided relegation by winning and tying a game against the Kazakhs.

Belarus competed in the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships, until finally being relegated along with Germany under the new IIHF format. Belarus returned to the top division in 2005, where they upset the hosts USA 5–2 in round-robin play, but were relegated again with Germany. Belarus has mainly been in the second-tier Division I level since then, though have been promoted to the top division on occasion, most recently in 2018.

RosterEdit

IIHF U20 World Championships rosterEdit

Roster for the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships:

Head coach: Yuri Faikov

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Dmitri Rodik 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1998-04-15) April 15, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20
3 D Andrei Gostev 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1998-02-16) February 16, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20
4 D Vladislav Sokolovsky 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1998-11-06) November 6, 1998 (age 20)   Dinamo-Molodechno
5 D Dmitri Deryabin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1999-10-20) October 20, 1999 (age 19)   Dinamo Minsk
6 D Vladislav Martynyuk 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 20)   KRS Junior
7 F Viktor Bovbel 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1998-06-02) June 2, 1998 (age 20)   Dinamo Minsk
8 D Vladislav Yeryomenko 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1999-04-24) April 24, 1999 (age 20)   Calgary Hitmen
9 F Ilya Litvinov 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1998-03-17) March 17, 1998 (age 21)   Yunost Minsk
10 F Vladislav Ryadchenko 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1998-02-23) February 23, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20
11 F Alexander Lukashevich 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1998-07-14) July 14, 1998 (age 20)   Belarus U20
12 F Igor Martynov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1999-01-19) January 19, 1999 (age 20)   Victoria Royals
13 F Arseni Astashevich 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1998-05-13) May 13, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20
14 F Sergei Pischuk 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 71 kg (157 lb) (1998-09-12) September 12, 1998 (age 20)   Belarus U20
16 F Dmitri Grinkevich 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1998-08-20) August 20, 1998 (age 20)   Belarus U20
17 F Yegor Sharangovich 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1998-06-06) June 6, 1998 (age 20)   Dinamo Minsk
18 D Dmitri Burovtsev 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1998-04-21) April 21, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20
19 F Ivan Drozdov 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1999-11-15) November 15, 1999 (age 19)   Yunost Minsk
20 G Andrei Grischenko 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1999-02-09) February 9, 1999 (age 20)   Belarus U20
21 F Vladislav Mikhalchuk 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1999-10-16) October 16, 1999 (age 19)   Prince George Cougars
22 D Vladislav Gabrus 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1999-06-05) June 5, 1999 (age 19)   Belarus U20
24 F Maxim Sushko 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1999-02-10) February 10, 1999 (age 20)   Owen Sound Attack
25 G Nikita Tolopilo 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (2000-06-04) June 4, 2000 (age 18)   Belarus U18
26 F Nazar Anisimov 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1998-03-06) March 6, 1998 (age 21)   Belarus U20

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