The Belarusian ice hockey team is presently ranked eleventh in the world by the IIHF.
The team is administrated by the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation.
Perhaps, the best moment in Belarusian hockey history was the win against Sweden in the quarter final of the Winter Olympics 2002, where the team finally finished fourth.
They have 2,850 players in their national ice hockey pool that is 0.02% of the total population.
Glen Hanlon was their coach on 2005 and 2006 Ice Hockey World Championships, who bring the best-ever outcome in the IIHF World Championship that is sixth place in 2006.
Glen Hanlon was succeeded by Curt Fraser, who guided the Belarusian national men’s ice hockey team in 2007 and 2008.
Hanlon came back to coach the team again for 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. In 2011 World Championships Mikhail Grabovski was named as the team captain.
|Association||Belarus Ice Hockey Federation|
|Head coach||Dave Lewis|
|Most games||Alexander Makritsky (175)|
|Most points||Andrei Skabelka (114)|
1998 – 7th place
2002 – 4th place
2010 – 9th place
|1994||22nd place||Poprad / Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia|
|1995||21st place||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|1996||15th place||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|1997||13th place||Katowice / Sosnowiec, Poland|
|1998||8th place||Zurich / Basel, Switzerland|
|1999||9th place||Oslo / Lillehammer / Hamar, Norway|
|2000||9th place||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|2001||14th place||Cologne / Hanover / Nuremberg, Germany|
|2002||17th place||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|2003||14th place||Helsinki / Tampere / Turku, Finland|
|2004||18th place||Oslo, Norway|
|2005||10th place||Innsbruck / Vienna, Austria|
|2006||6th place||Riga, Latvia|
|2007||11th place||Moscow / Mytishchi, Russia|
|2008||9th place||Quebec City / Halifax, Canada|
|2009||8th place||Bern / Kloten, Switzerland|
|2010||10th place||Cologne / Mannheim / Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|2011||14th place||Bratislava / Košice, Slovakia|
|2012||14th place||Helsinki / Stockholm, Finland / Sweden|
|2013||14th place||Stockholm / Helsinki, Sweden / Finland|
|2014||7th place||Minsk, Belarus|
|2015||7th place||Prague / Ostrava, Czech Republic|
|2016||12th place||Moscow / Saint Petersburg, Russia|
Belarusian Best Ice Hockey Players
In the list of best ice hockey player of Belarus, some great Belarusian players names are comes regularly at this moment such as: Ruslan Salei, Sergei Kositsyn, and Andrei Kostitsyn.
Belarus joined with the IIHF on May 6 1992. They had played in the Top Division since 1994. They took part in Olympic Games in 1998, 2002 and 2010. In the 2002 Olympics it notoriously upset Sweden by 4-3. There are 13 ice rinks and 2 leagues as the Belarus Open League and the Belarus second League.
Q: When hockey started at Belarus?
A: The first time hockey game was played in Belarus in 1946.
Q: How many players in hockey presently in Belarus?
A: Currently, they have 2,850 Belarusian Ice Hockey players which is the 0.02% of their present population.