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Newcomer Belarus prepares for 2016 World Junior Championships

Belarus is happily anticipating partaking in this year’s World Juniors after winning the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A tournament last year. It’s going to be a tall order for the team to earn wins because of the high level of competitions in their own grouping but nothing is set in stone for the outcome ahead.

The current roster of 31 players has been set as follows:

Goaltenders:
Ivan Kulbakov, Dynamo U20 / HK Gomel
Alexander Osipkov, Yunost Minsk
Vladislav Verbitski, Dynamo U20 / Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Defencemen:
Daniel Bokun, Dynamo U20 / Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Matvei Bozhko, Dynamo U20
Stepan Falkovski, Ottawa 67s (OHL)
Vladislav Goncharov, Dynamo U20 / Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Anton Grishanov, Dynamo U20
Yegor Ivanov, Dynamo U20 / HK Mogilyov
Vadim Klyavzo, Dynamo U20
Sergei Romanovich, Dynamo U20 / Neman Grodno
Ilya Sushko, Dynamo U20 / Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Alexander Tabolin, Dynamo U20 / Yunost Minsk
Pavel Vorobei, Dynamo U20 / Yunost Minsk

Forwards:
Viktor Artyushenko, Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Andrei Belevich, Dynamo U20
Ilya Bobko, Dynamo U20
Dmitri Buinitski, Dynamo U20
Alexei Busko, Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Artemi Chernikov, Dynamo U20 / Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Dmitri Filippovich, Dynamo U20 / Yunost Minsk
Danila Karaban, Dynamo U20
Dmitri Maisenovich, Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Vadim Malinovski, Okanagan
Kirill Markevich, Dynamo U20
Alexander Patsenkin, Yunost Minsk
Alexei Patsenkin, Yunost Minsk
Alexander Pilia, Dynamo U20 / HK Vitebsk
Yegor Sharangovich, Dynamo Raubichi
Ruslan Vasilchuk, Dynamo U20
Grigori Veremyov, Dynamo U20

Head Coach:
Alexander Beliavski

Team Belarus will play an exhibition game against Dynamo Molodechno on 15 December. After traveling to Finland, Belarus will also play an exhibition game against Canada on December 19th. Belarus’ first game of the tournament will be on day one against home nation Finland on December 26th.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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