Junior U20 Team

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Belarus U-20 Team was founded in 1992. It took the team three attempts to get to group "C" of the world championship through the qualifying tournaments in 1994. Three years later our U-20 Team was promoted to group "B". Having won the tournament in 1997, Belarus U-20 Team promoted to the elite division of the world championships, but failed to strengthen its position in the top 10, having relegated next year. Since then Belarus U-20 Team periodically moved up and down between the two divisions until 2006/2007 season, when Belarus played in the top last time. Since 2007/2008 the team is desperately trying to make a comeback to the top-10.

The best result at the U-20 IIHF WM — 9th place in 2001 and 2002.

In December 2014, Belarus U20 participated in 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A in Asiago, Italy. Belarusians won all games and were promoted to the the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

In the 2015/2016 season best players born in 1996 and 1997 were gathered in one team – HC Dinamo U20 – which became the main preparatory organization for Belarus U20 team. New club competed in the Belarusian Extraleague.

In the 2016/217 season a new club – “U20” – was set up as a Center of National Ice Hockey Teams (U16, U17, U18, U20) member that currently competes in the Belarusian Extraleague. Today “U20” is fully governed by the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association.

Belarus U20 Team won 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A in Germany and, as a result, promoted to 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York.