MINSK, 8 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian national ice hockey team have kicked off their training camp at Minsk Arena. The roster for the November international break will be experimental. The lineup will include players from the extraleague and also potential newcomers of the national team, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation.
Head coach Craig Woodcroft has named the following players for the training camp:
Goaltenders: Konstantin Shostak (Severstal, KHL), Sergei Bolshakov (Dinamo Minsk, KHL), Ivan Kulbakov (Dynamo Moscow, KHL);
Defensemen: Danila Palivko (Admiral, KHL), Dmitry Deryabin, Sergei Sapego, Pavel Denisov, Vladislav Yeremenko (all – Dinamo Minsk, KHL), Mikhail Kovalev, Pavel Voronov (both - Gomel), Ilya Sushko (Brest), Roman Dyukov, Daniil Bokun (both - Shakhtyor), Artyom Volchenkov, Danil Mokrushev (both - Metallurg).
Forwarders: Roman Gorbunov, Nikita Pyshkailo, Ilya Usov (all – Dinamo Minsk, KHL), German Nesterov (Vityaz, KHL), Aleksandr Skorenov (SKA-Neva, VHL), Ivan Drozdov (Spartak, KHL), Artur Gavrus (Metallurg), Egor Gainetdinov (Yunost), Oleg Kachelovsky, Nasser Subhi (both – Bars, VHL), Ilya Litvinov (AKM, Novomoskovsk, VHL), Daniil Sobko (Lida), Aleksei Kotelovsky (Shakhtyor), Maksim Melnikov (Lokomotiv), Nikita Remezov (Neman).
The training camp at Minsk Arena will last for two days, after which the Belarusian team will travel to Slovenia to play in the 4 Nations Tournaments against the hosts, the teams from Austria and France.
The competition will be held in Jesenice on 11-13 November. On the opening day of the tournament the Belarusians will face the Austrians. On the next day Belarus will play Slovenia. The match against France will take place on the final day.
Craig Woodcroft will be assisted during the November international break by Spartak Moscow coach Konstantin Koltsov.