Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Systemfel, Apr 1, 2011.
Current (camp) roster is here: http://eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=1674
Expect Grabovski, S. Kostitsyn, A. Kostitsyn and possibly Kolosov to be there for the start of the tournament as well. Stefanovich and Gotovets may be selected too in order to maintain their commitment to the National Team and to strengthen their development.
Looks like the Belarussians could be a surprising team this year. They always have the chance to be a contender, but if they can get all of their NHLers (including Salei) they may medal.
Andrei will be in the Playoffs with the Habs and Sergei will be with the Preds and Salei will be with the Wings. Grabo will be the only NHLer for the start of the tournament and possibly Stefanovich from the AHL. But I will be rooting for them for sure, I hope Grabo has a killer tourny.
stefanovich played for minsk
With all the other NHL players going to the playoffs it should be the Grabo show for Belarus.
Both Kostitsyn's will probably arrive very shortly after the start, unless they reject an invitation. I don't see either of their teams going to far in the playoffs. Nashville may make it passed the first round though. Salei will probably go deep. I don't see him playing.
The Kostitsyns and Grabovski on the same team again? Oh boy.
they dont have to like each other, just play for their country
good luck to belorus'!
Why no Koltsov?
Too bad Nashville advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs, Belarus really could of used Sergei.
Injured. He also missed most of KHL playoffs.
Andrei Kostitsyn should receive an invite shortly.
Andrei Kostitsyn will be joining Belarus.
just saw AK is coming...does this work?! I mean if I remember correct it was Sergei who had the problems with Grabovski but I guess Grabo and Andrei aren`t friends either
Andrei Kostitsyen has accepted his invitation.
No, Andrei and Mihkail are good friends. And even Sergei and Mikhail have put that all behind them and don't each other anymore lol. So yes Anrdei and Grabo will play on the same line!
SK with Preds is a big loss for this team.
Grabovski named captain of Belarus. What a great character guy. Go Belarus Go!
I posted this on the Leafs thread so thought it was appropriate to go in here too if any of you wanted to know a little about Belarus.
There is Grabo, Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, Ruslan Salei. Most of the Belarussians play for Dinamo Minsk of the KHL which is a Belarussion hockey club from the capital city Minsk that is in the KHL. Plus they have Denis Denisov and Vladimir Denisov and Mikhail Stefanovich and Sergei Kolosov who was drafted by Detroit and is currently playing with their AHL affiliate Grand Rapid. Also Konstantin Koltsov played a couple seasons with the Pens, now plays in the KHL.
All in all hockey is basically their most popular sport for their small country. Their president, Alexander Lukashenko is a HUGE hockey fan. Apparently he plays hockey everyday as a exercise routine and is good friends with Grabo. This is their president lol:
Also president Lukashenko is trying to make hockey more popular so the government plans to construct no less than 30 new arenas by 2012. They have already started constructing alot of them in order to prepare for 2014 World Championships that will be held in Minsk Belarus.
I was in Belarus not too long ago and took pictures of the new 15,000+ seating arena which was still under construction at the time:
Here are some new pics of the arena (Home of Dinamo Minsk now):
wow!!! what a magnificent arena gorgeous
Why isn't Kalyuzhni in the roster?
denis denisov? lol that's a russian denisov who has nothing to do with belarus.
and, btw, football (or soccer) is way more popular than hockey in my country despite all those efforts by mr. lukashenko to make hockey sport №1 here.
he was, but fell ill with some mystical virus disease just a couple of days ago. i doubt he will rejoin the national team during this wc. at the same time, i really doubt there is any virus at all.
Separate names with a comma.