Anatoli Protasenya stays in the Czech Republic and signs a contract with “HC Slovan Usti nad Labem” and becomes a team colleague of the Czech legend Michal Travnicek.

KHL Season 2015-16: Slovan Bratislava vs Admirals Vladivostok: #60 Nikita, #48 Anatoly Protasenya; ©Puckfans.at/Andreas Robanser

Anantoli Protasenya was born in the Belarusian capital Minsk, but his junior career started in the Czech Republic. From 2004-05 he commuted to various Czech teams until he returned to Belarus in 2011. Anatoli played for “Dukla Jihlava” in the U18 and U20. Likewise at “HC Havirov” and in the meantime at “Mlada Boleslav” in the U20. He played his first game in a senior team in 2009-10 with the “Havirov Panthers”. Protasenya returns to his home country for the 2011-12 season and played for “HK Gomel”. A year later he played his first game in the KHL for “Dinamo Minsk”. A turbulent 2013-14 season followed in which he played for three teams. For “Dinamo Minsk” for 9 games in the KHL, for “Metallurg Zhlobin” and for “Neman Grodno”. The following season he continued with “Yunost Misk”.

At the beginning of the 2014-15 season, Anatoli played 6 games for “Slovan Bratislava” in the KHL and then he returned to “Yunost Minsk”. For the 2016-17 season, the 30-year-old forward was loaned to “Dukla Jihlava” in the Czech Republic. It remained unstable for Anatoli, because in the following season he was loaned to “HC Vsetin” after 11 games with “Dukla Jihlava”. He returned to “Yunost Minsk” for the 2018-19 season and also played for the team in the “Hockey Champions League”. At the beginning of last season he played in Poland with “Unia Oswiecim” and then played again with “Dukla Jihlava”. After two games in the play-offs, the season COVID-19 was canceled. Since Protasenya was previously without a contract, “HC Slovan Usti nad Labem” took the opportunity and committed the forward for his offensive.