Dinamo Minsk extended the contracts with Alexander Pavlovich, Ivan Drozdov, Ilya Litvinov and Dmitri Znakharenko.

KHL 2017-18: Dinamo Minsk vs Slovan Bratislava: #71 Alexander Pavlovich. Minsk Arena ©Puckfans.at/Anton Ziuzenok

Alexander Pavlovich is going into his eighth season with this contract extension. The 30-year-old forward proved to be a true prop in the game of Minsk in recent years. Grodno-born Pavlovich spent the first years with his home club Neman-Grodno. In the 2010-11 season, he made a quick detour to Shakhter Soligorsk to join Dinamo Minsk one year later. In the following years Pavlovich played among others at Yunost Minsk in the VHL, HK Gomel and Dinamo-Molodechno. The forward also brings a lot of international experience. Pavlovich played with the White Russian U20 at a World Cup. For the A-team he took part in three world championships and an Olympic qualification. Overall, he also brings 85 appearances for the Belarusian national team, so his experience in a team like Dinamo Minsk is enormously important.

KHL 2018-19: Dinamo Minsk vs Sibir Novosibirsk: #14 Yegor Dugin, #1 Jhonas Enroth, #73 Dmitri Znakharenko. ©Puckfans.at/ Anton Ziuzenok

With 25-year-old defender Dmitri Znakharenko, Dinamo Minsk are in their fifth season. However, in recent years he also played for Dinamo-Molodechno and Yunost Minsk in the Belarusian league. Znakharenko comes from the youth of HK Gomel, where he also received a conscription to the Belarusian national team for the U18 World Cup. In the season 2012-13 he went to the MHL to Dinamo-Shinnik Bobruysk. There Znakharok played only one season and returns to Gomel, to lace a year later at Dinamo-Molodechno his skaters. Then he got the chance from Dinamo Minsk in the KHL, but had a “two-way contract”. For the Belorussian A-Team he was often in the extended squad in recent years.

KHL 2018-19: Dinamo Minsk vs Sibir Novosibirsk: #18 Alexander Loginov, #9 Ilya Litvinov. ©Puckfans.at/ Anton Ziuzenok

The tall forward (1.90 cm) Ilya Litvinov also received a new contract. He is going into his second KHL season. Litvinov comes from the Russian junior team of “Serebryanye Lvy”, then moved to the home to Dinamo-Raubichi in the MHL. A season later, the forward played in the Belarusian hockey academy in the U18 and U20 team and also nominated respectively for the U18 and U20 World Championship. For the 2018-19 he got the chance to present himself at Dinamo Minsk, also came to a total of 49 games. Now Litvinov gets another chance to confirm this performance.

IIHF World Juniors 2018 Relegation Game 2: Denmark vs Belarus #19 Ivan Drozdov, #31 Kasper L. Krog. KeyBank Center ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

The youngest of the “four musketeers” is the 19-year-old forward Ivan Drozdov. The Vitebsk-born Drozdov made it to 49 games in the KHL last season, and showed a tremendous maturity and a strong understanding of the game. The way was not easy for the forward. From his home club HK Vitebsk-2 he went to Dinamo-Raubichi where he was also invited to the Belarusian national team for the U18 World Championship. Thereupon he played in the following years for the U18 and U20 in the Belorussian hockey Akadamie, HK Vitebsk and Yunos Minsk. Dinamo became aware of this talent and now secures his services for another year after a good last season.