Dynamo Minsk’s ice hockey players have completed the ongoing training process and were allowed to go on vacation.

Dinamo Minsk – Slovan Bratislava Jack Skille #20, Marc-André Gragnani #17, Quinton Howden #21, Cam Barker #10, Tomas Hrnka #80 Minsk Arena ©Puckfans.at/Anton Ziuzenok


Dynamo Minsk did not make it into the KHL playoffs and played the last game on February 27th. The KHL season 2019-20 was canceled early due to COVID-19 in March. However, the Belarusian team continued to train and, according to the official website of the Belarusian KHL club, has now ended.

Coach Craig Woodcraft has coached up to twice a day for the past month and a half. For this purpose, several potential players – Alexander Skorenov, Nasser Subha and Oleg Kachelovsky from HC Gomel – were integrated and observed. The team is reported to have finished training due to the “difficult epidemiological situation in the world”. Some foreign ice hockey players have already left Belarus, and more will leave in the coming days.

“The team continued to work hard after the season ended. The entire coaching team was very satisfied with the attitude of the players. Now we thanked the players and sent them on vacation to recover from the difficult season and relax, and to be with their families. But we expect many of them back. At the same time, the coaching staff distributed the individual preparation plans to the players. The future at Dynamo will largely depend on the extent to which the players fulfill them and the form in which they will return to the team,” commented General Manager Dmitry Baskov.

“Despite the uncertain situation that has developed in connection with the pandemic in world hockey, we are working daily to form the squad for the next season. We try our best to avoid the misjudgments we made earlier. The coaching team continues with head coach Craig Woodcroft and Mikhail Grabovsky as assistant coach. “The first public step will be the qualification proposals we have to make before April 30,” added GM Baskov.

source: RIA Sport