Roster - Belarus

Konstantin Koltsov, first round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999, leads a Belarusian team which may not be deep in talent but has a burning desire to upset at least one of medal contenders. Russia is at the top of the hit list after the Belarusian teens watched their senior national team blank a Russian side, including several NHLers, 1-0 at the 2000 World Championship last spring. At 19, Koltsov is a regular with AK Bars Kazan of the Russian Superleague. Goalie Vitali Aristau, 17, who saw some action two years ago in Winnipeg as a 15-year-old, has received excellent instruction from Vitaly Erfilov, who was the very first coach of Hall of Fame goalie Vladislav Tretiak,. Defenseman Andrei Maroz also returns from the team in Winnipeg. The new Belarusian coach is Vladimir Melenchuk. The torch carriers from the land, which used to be known as White Russia, also take pride in the fact that Wayne Gretzky's grandfather was Belarusian.

 

# Player S/C Ht. (cm) Wt. (kg) Birthdate 2000-01 Team
Goaltenders
0 ARYSTAU Vitali L 178 73 09/02/83 Junost Minsk
1 PASHALIUK Dzmitri L 180 78 03/10/81 Polymir Novopolotsk
22 DABRAVOLSKI Maksim L 178 74 14/03/81 HC Mogilev
Defence
2 EBERT Valiantsin R 181 80 04/03/81 HC Mogilev
4 BASHKO Andrei L 189 83 23/05/82 HC Mogilev
5 SHARAPA Ruslan L 187 84 06/04/82 HC Mogilev
6 BRYTKOU Aliaksandr L 178 76 05/08/81 Banik Sokol
7 SHYMANSKI Maksim L 187 82 30/01/82 Severstal Cherepovetal
23 PAKLIN Siarhei L 180 81 01/06/81 HC Minsk
24 MAKARAU Yauheni L 174 70 16/07/81 HC Mogilev
26 SKRYPIALIOU Andrei L 181 82 04/06/82 Severstal Cherepovetal
29 ANDRUKHOVICH Aliaksandr R 178 76 08/05/82 HC Mogilev
Forwards
8 TSIKHAN Andrei L 191 90 15/08/81 Polymir Novopolotsk
9 CHUPRYS Yaraslau L 178 79 12/09/81 HC Minsk
10 MAROZ Andrei L 178 75 23/11/81 Polymir Novopolotsk
11 SHULZHENKA Uladzimir R 179 81 17/06/81 HC Gomel
14 KEZIK Viktar L 184 81 18/10/82 HC Mogilev
16 DOUBEN Dmitrii L 172 70 07/06/81 HC Mogilev
17 SIANKEVICH Artsiom L 188 82 04/05/82 HC Mogilev
18 MIALESHKA Dzmitry R 179 74 08/11/82 HC Mogilev
25 KORABAU Stanislau R 176 70 29/05/82 Polymir Novopolotsk
27 BAHDANOVICH Vadzim L 172 70 20/06/81 HC Mogilev
28 KOLTSOV Kanstantsin L 188 85 17/04/81 AK Bars Kazan
30 KAROTKI Aliaksei L 172 69 10/05/81 Nuernberg

 

Personnel
Head Coach MELENCHUK Vladimir
Assistant Coach SHUMIDUB Alexander
General Manager LESHCHIK Alexander
Equipment Manager KHACHATRIAN Stepan
Physiotherapist ZATKOVSK Georgi
Staff BORODKIN Vadim