Liudmila Belyakova

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Liudmila Belyakova
Born (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 22)
Moscow, Russia
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg; 10 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
RWHL team
Former teams
Tornado Moscow Region
New York Riveters
National team  Russia
Playing career 2011–present

Liudmila Viktorovna "Luda" Belyakova (Russian: Людми́ла Ви́кторовна Беляко́ва; born August 12, 1994) is a Russian ice hockey forward who is a member of the Russia women's national ice hockey team. Belyakova previously played for the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League, where she was the league's first Russian player.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Belyakova started practicing hockey at the age of 7 years old, and has played as both a forward and a defender. She played 28 games for Russia women's national under-18 ice hockey team, scoring 30 goals and making 11 assists.[2]

Belyakova was invited to join the Russia women's national ice hockey team at the age of 15 years and 2 weeks, debuting with the team on 4 September 2009 in the town of Trencin in a match against the Slovakia women's national ice hockey team.

She has competed at the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 IIHF World Women's Championships and at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships.[citation needed] Belyakova was named the best player and best scorer of the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship – Division I.[3]

Liudmila Belyakova has played 108 games for Russia women's national ice hockey team with 42 goals and 31 assists.[citation needed]

She was included in the list of candidates for Russia's national team at the Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver.[4] She was the first replacement for the national women's team Russia at the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi.

New York Riveters (NWHL)[edit]

On July 25, 2015, it was announced that Belyakova had signed a contract to play for the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League.[5] As a free agent, Belyakova returned to Russia to play for Tornado Dmitrov in the 2016/17 season.[6][7]

NWHL statistics[edit]

New York Riveters[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; GW = Game Winning Goals; PPG = Power Play Goals; SHG = Short Handed Goals

2015/2016 Regular Season 15 5 5 10 20 1 2 0
2015/2016 Playoffs 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0



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