The Belarusian national team opened their preparatory camp in advance of the Olympic qualifiers, which will be held from August 26 to 29 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Capitals’ forward prospect Aliaksei Protas reported to the Belarus camp on Monday.
Austria, Poland, Belarus and Slovakia will compete in the tournament, with the winner getting a ticket to the 2022 Olympics.
28 hockey players – three goalkeepers, 10 defenders and 15 forwards – have started training as part of the Belarus national team:
Goalkeepers: Alexey Kolosov (2002), Ivan Kulbakov (1996, both Dynamo Mn, KHL), Danny Taylor (1986, without a club);
Defenders: Nick Baylen (1989, Tractor, KHL), Kirill Gotovets (1991, Avangard, KHL), Pavel Denisov (2001), Vladislav Eremenko (1999), Sergey Sapego (1999), Ilya Shinkevich (1989, all – Dynamo Mn, KHL), Dmitry Znakharenko (1993, Amur, KHL), Vladislav Kolyachonok (2001, Arizona, NHL), Dmitry Korobov (1989, Spartak, KHL), Ilya Solovyov (2000, Calgary, NHL);
Forwards: Andrey Belevich (1997, Torpedo, KHL), Vladimir Alistrov (2001), Dmitry Buynitsky (1997), Artem Demkov (1989), Alexander Pavlovich (1988), Alexander Suvorov (2002), Ilya Usov (2001, all – Dynamo Mn, KHL), Danila Klimovich (2003, Vancouver, NHL), Vladislav Kodola (1996, Severstal, KHL), Nikita Komarov (1988), Francis Paré (1987, both – Avangard, KHL), Evgeny Oksentyuk (2001, Dallas, NHL), Alexey Protas (2001, Hershey, AHL), Andrey Stas (1988, Tractor, KHL), Yegor Sharangovich (1998, New Jersey, NHL).
In the coming week, the Belarusians will prepare at the Olympic Arena in Minsk. In addition to training, two exhibition games against “Barys” (Kazakhstan, KHL) are planned for August 19 and 21. Both games will start at 3:00 pm.
At the beginning of next week, the Belarusian national team will travel to Slovakia, where it will continue to prepare for the start of the tournament.
By Jon Sorensen