HC Dinamo Minsk

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Nickname Bisons
City Minsk

KHL 2008-present

Conference Western
Division Bobrov
Founded 2003
Home arena Minsk-Arena
(capacity: 15,086)
Owner(s) BFSO Dinamo
General manager Pavel Burba
Head coach Craig Woodcroft
Captain Alexander Pavlovich
Affiliate(s) Dinamo-Shinnik (MHL)
Website HC Dinamo-Minsk
Franchise history
HC Dinamo-Minsk

Hockey Club Dinamo-Minsk (Russian: Дина́мо-Минск; Belarusian: Дынама-Мінск, Dynama-Minsk) is an ice hockey team based in Minsk, Belarus. They are members of the Bobrov Division of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Dinamo has qualified for the KHL playoffs (Gagarin Cup) three times: in 2010–11, 2011–12 and 2014–15 KHL seasons. The team has not won a single round in the Gagarin Cup, losing in all three series.

Alexander Pavlovich is the current captain of the team, with his alternates being Alexander Kulakov and Sergei Kostitsyn.


The origins of the club begin in 1966, where the original Dinamo played 5 seasons in the Soviet Top Ice Hockey League, with its highest finish being 10th place in the 1989/90 season. Dinamo was renamed as Tivali Minsk in 1993 and four times became a champion of the Belarusian Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. Tivali was disbanded in 2000. Dinamo was founded in 2003, taking the name of the historic club, and won champion title and Belarus Cup twice.

On March 26, 2008, the KHL confirmed the Belarusian club's inclusion in the Bobrov Division. Dinamo-Minsk started to play on the ice of Minsk Palace of Sports and was relocated to the newly built Minsk-Arena in December 2009. The first head coach of the Belarusian club was Paul Gardner, who was dismissed until the championship had begun. The next one became Jim Hughes, a protégé of previous Belarus national team head coach Curt Fraser. But after the first twelve games the team came down next to the last place and soon Jim Hughes was dismissed. New vacancy was taken by Russian specialist Vasili Spiridonov whose efforts were not enough to raise Dinamo-Minsk from the bottom of the tournament table. The club became the 22nd out of 24 teams.

The next season team began under command of Glen Hanlon, who brought the Belarus national team to the sixth place at WC2006 in Riga. The team roster was fulfilled with world famous players Ville Peltonen and Ossi Väänänen, also one of the best the Belarus goaltenders Andrei Mezin was employed by HC Dinamo-Minsk. Season of 2009/2010 was alike to the previous. Team hadn't showed good result and Glen Hanlon was substituted by head coach of HK Homiel. Dinamo-Minsk finished at the 17th spot in the KHL, while missing the play-offs, but still managed to win Spengler Cup under the guidance of Alexander Andrievsky.

Season 2010/2011 became the best season in KHL history of Dinamo-Minsk. The new head coach of the team became Marek Sýkora. Sýkora is widely thought as one of the best coaches of Kontinental Hockey League. He brought Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the final games in 2005 and a rookie of the KHL Avtomobilist to KHL play-offs in 2010. Dinamo-Minsk under his command managed not only to get into the play-offs, but stayed in one step from the Western Conference semi-finals when Lokomotiv prevailed in the decisive game seven of the series. Also Dinamo-Minsk was named the most attended club in the KHL after the 2010-2011 season.

The new season of Dinamo-Minsk was to have begun on September 8, 2011 versus Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. However, on September 7, 2011, a plane carrying the Lokomotiv team to the game in Minsk crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all but one of the team's roster. Four days later, a memorial ceremony took place at the Minsk-Arena, with all Minsk players paying tributes to each one of the victims.


Dinamo called Minsk Sports Palace as their home until they moved to the new Minsk-Arena in 2010.


Simple cup icon.svg Champions[edit]

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Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic BSSR

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Season-by-season KHL record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime/Shootout Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W OTW L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Top Scorer Playoffs
2008–09 56 12 3 34 7 49 124 197 6th, Bobrov Yaroslav Chupris (25 points: 9 G, 16 A; 52 GP) Did not qualify
2009–10 56 17 6 31 2 65 139 164 6th, Bobrov Geoff Platt (44 points: 26 G, 18 A; 56 GP) Did not qualify
2010–11 54 17 8 22 7 74 150 155 4th, Tarasov Konstantin Glazachev (35 points: 12 G, 23 A; 52 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3 (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
2011–12 54 21 7 20 6 83 158 148 4th, Tarasov Teemu Laine (42 points: 20 G, 22 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Dynamo Moscow)
2012–13 52 18 6 23 5 71 125 148 5th, Tarasov Tim Stapleton (40 points: 24 G, 16 A; 52 GP) Did not qualify
2013–14 54 13 4 31 6 53 102 161 7th, Bobrov Geoff Platt (29 points: 15 G, 14 A; 40 GP) Did not qualify
2014–15 60 27 7 21 5 100 171 159 3rd, Bobrov Charles Linglet (58 points: 22 G, 36 A; 54 GP) Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Jokerit)


Current roster[edit]

Updated August 15, 2016.[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
55 Belarus Bailen, NickNick Bailen D R 27 2014 Fredonia, New York, USA
15 Belarus Demkov, ArtemArtem Demkov F R 27 2016 Minsk, Belarus
13 Belarus Drozd, SergeiSergei Drozd C L 27 2010 Minsk, Belarus
10 Canada Ellison, MattMatt Ellison W R 33 2014 Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
91 Belarus Gavrus, ArturArtur Gavrus F L 23 2014 Minsk, Belarus
2 Belarus Golovets, KirillKirill Golovets D L 26 2016 Minsk, Belarus
17 Canada Gragnani, Marc-AndréMarc-André Gragnani D R 30 2016 L'Île-Bizard, QC, CAN
18 Belarus Khenkel, KristianKristian Khenkel D L 21 2016 Minsk, Belarus
12 Canada Klinkhammer, RobRob Klinkhammer LW L 30 2016 Lethbridge, AB, CAN
19 Belarus Komarov, NikitaNikita Komarov F R 28 2015 Novopolotsk, Belarus
24 Belarus Korobov, DmitryDmitry Korobov D L 28 2016 Novopolotsk, Belorussian SSR
74 Belarus Kostitsyn, SergeiSergei Kostitsyn LW L 30 2016 Novopolotsk, Belorussian SSR
88 Belarus Kovyrshin, EvgeniEvgeni Kovyrshin C L 31 2016 Elektrostal, Russia
25 Czech Republic Krajicek, LukasLukas Krajicek D L 34 2011 Prostejov, Czech Republic
11 Belarus Kulakov, AlexanderAlexander Kulakov (A) LW L 34 2014 Minsk, Belarus
35 Belarus Lalande, KevinKevin Lalande G L 30 2015 Kingston, ON, CAN
7 Belarus Linglet, CharlesCharles Linglet LW L 35 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Belarus Lisovets, YevgeniYevgeni Lisovets D L 22 2013 Grodno, Belarus
28 Ukraine Materukhin, OlexanderOlexander Materukhin LW R 35 2013 Kiev , Ukraine
4 Belarus Nogachyov, YevgeniYevgeni Nogachyov D L 25 2012 Minsk , Belarus
71 Belarus Pavlovich, AlexanderAlexander Pavlovich RW L 28 2011 Grodno , Belarus
30 Canada Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens G L 30 2016 Spruce Grove, AB, CAN
8 Belarus Shinkevich, IlyaIlya Shinkevich D L 27 2015 Minsk, Belarus
61 Belarus Stepanov, AndreiAndrei Stepanov RW R 31 2016 Moscow, Russia
29 Sweden Ullström, DavidDavid Ullström C L 28 2016 Jönköping, Sweden
26 Belarus Ustinenko, NikitaNikita Ustinenko D R 22 2015 Gomel , Belarus
85 Belarus Volkov, ArtyomArtyom Volkov LW L 32 2016 Navapolatsk, Belarus
73 Belarus Znakharenko, DmitriDmitri Znakharenko D R 23 2015 Gomel , Belarus

Franchise scoring leaders (KHL)[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history while being a KHL club. Figures are updated after each completed KHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; bold = current Dinamo player

Franchise records[edit]

Regular season[edit]


  • Most goals in a playoff season: Geoff Platt, 4 (2010–11)
  • Most assists in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 6 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a playoff season: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
  • Most penalty minutes in a playoff season: Jordan Henry, 33 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a playoff season, defenseman: Peter Podhradský, 8 (2010–11)
  • Most points in a game, playoff: 3, shared by 5 players


  1. Dmitry Meleshko, 11-21-2010 at Metallurg Magnitogorsk - needed 43.26 to complete the feat[4]
  2. Zbyněk Irgl, 11-22-2011 at Barys Astana - needed 31.48 to complete the feat[5]
  3. Jonathan Cheechoo, 09-04-2014 at Jokerit - needed 42.54 to complete the feat[6]
  4. Jonathan Cheechoo, 10-24-2014 at Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - needed 26.09 to complete the feat[7]


  1. ^ "Dinamo Minsk Team Roster" (in Russian). www.dinamo.by. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Dinamo Minsk team roster". www.khl.ru. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Jokerit Helsinki - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. 
  4. ^ "Metallurg Magnitogorsk - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. 
  5. ^ "Barys Astana - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. 
  6. ^ "Jokerit Helsinki - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. 
  7. ^ "Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk - Dinamo Minsk boxscore". KHL official site. 

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