Belarusian team prepares for WJC (U-20) in Fussen
Andrey Gusov announces roster tomorrow.
The Belarusian junior team (U-20) is situated in Germany preparing for the World Junior Championship Division 1 that will take place in Herizau (Switzerland). The team of Belarus will compete with teams from Switzerland, Slovenia, France, Poland and Estonia.
The head coach of Belarus team Andrei Gusov has some problems with the roster. Sergei Drozd had a shoulder injury. He is the leader of the Belarusian team. Gusov hopes that Drozd will return in the first line very soon. The Belarus team has played a friendly match with German junior team (U-20) and lost – 2:3. Today Belorussian team is going to play against the Japanese team.
The Belarusian junior team is not only staffed by the players who played in Belorussian championship, but by the other leagues. The defenseman Sergei Sheleg comes to help his team from Ontario hockey league (Sudbury Wolves), the forwards Mikhail Stefanovich (Quebec Ramparts) and Aleksandr Fomin (Monkton Wildcats) – from Quebec junior hockey league. Three players are absent in Belorussian national team roster now. This is Artem Demkov (Cape-Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL), Igor Revenko (Prince Albert Raiders, CHL) and Artem Kisly (Traktor, CHL). All of them have some problems with the documents.
Andrey Gusov will announce the final roster on Friday, December 12th.
By Irina Goroshko
Story added on 11th December 2008 at 14:31 GMT
Story submitted by: Henrik Lundqvist.