MINSK, 16 August (BelTA) – The second tournament dedicated to commemorate former captain of the Belarusian national ice hockey team Ruslan Salei will open with a game between Spartak Moscow (KHL) and Neman Grodno at Minsk Arena on 16 August (at 15h00 local time, BelTA has learnt.
The second match between Dinamo Minsk (KHL) and Amur Khabarovsk (KHL) will start at 19h00 on the same day.
On 17 August Neman will face Amur (the game begins at 13h00). Spartak will play Dinamo Minsk at 17h00.
The tournament will close on 18 August with games between Spartak and Amur (at 13h00) and Dinamo Minsk and Neman (at 17h00).
According to the latest reports, Dinamo Minsk have signed 38-year-old forward Niklas Sundstrom (Sweden) on a tryout contact. He was drafted eighth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He also played for the San Jose Sharks and the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. Sundstrom took gold at the 1998 IIHF World Championship as part of Sweden’s national team as well as a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship in 1999. He also took part in two winter Olympics in 1998 and 2002. If everything goes as planned Niklas Sundstrom will fill in the last vacancy for foreign players in the Dinamo Minsk lineup. It is known that the Belarusian club uses a new 6+1 formula (6 foreign players and one foreign goaltender) in the KHL 2013/14 season. As for today Dinamo Minsk have contracts with goaltender Lars Haugen (Norway), defensemen Lukas Krajicek (Czech Republic) and Derek Meech (Canada), forwards Zbynek Irgl (Czech Republic), Jacob Micflikier (Canada) and Tomas Surovy (Slovakia).
The first Ruslan Salei Memorial Tournament was won by Vityaz Chekhov (KHL). Dinamo Minsk finished last out of the three teams that took part in the tournament in 2012.
Former captain of the Belarusian national ice hockey team defenseman Ruslan Salei died on 7 September 2011, when Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team of the Kontinental Hockey League, crashed near Yaroslavl on its way to Minsk, Belarus, for the KHL 2011/12 season opener. Besides Ruslan Salei, there were two more Belarusians onboard: forward Sergei Ostapchuk and physical training coach Nikolai Krivonosov. Ruslan Salei was selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim ninth overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Salei played 9 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings from 1996 to 2006. In the 2002-03 NHL season, Salei and the Ducks went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, only to lose in the seventh game to the New Jersey Devils. Salei also played for the Colorado Avalanche and the Florida Panthers before moving to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League.