For the second year in a row Minsk, Belarus, native and Minotauros forward Denis Dalidovich
has left the Tauros to compete on a world stage. Dalidovich is in
France competing for his country in the IIHF U20 World Championships
(Division 1 Group A).
This is the second year in a row that the 19-year-old has been selected
for his country’s U20 team and while he played well last year posting
five points (2g 3a) in as many games he expects to be better this year.
“Now I know what to expect,” Dalidovich said last week before leaving
to join his national team. While Team Belarus is certainly an all-star
team of the nation’s top talents the players are far from strangers
despite playing for clubs all over the globe. Dalidovich explained, “I
played with a few of the guys growing up, and mostly played against the
This is the third time that Dalidovich has played for his country and
while he explained that he is “proud to represent my home,” he also said
that being selected for his country’s junior team “shows that my
country believes in me.”
Of course his teammates and coaches here in Minot believe in Dalidovich
as well. Tauros head coach Marty Murray pointed out that “Denis has
been playing some of his best hockey for us lately, while we definitely
want whats best for him, its hard to see him go.” Dalidovich had four
points and was plus five over his last four games with the Tauros.
Dalidovich and Team Belarus began play on Sunday morning and through
two games in the round robin are 2-0-0 and Dalidovich is +1 with an
assist. Stay tuned to minotauroshockey.com and our Facebook page to
keep up to date with Dalidovich and Team Belarus’s progress.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)