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Yunost Minsk

The Yunost Minsk hockey club was founded in 1993 as a youth hockey school. Before 2003, the school’s alumni competed in the Belarusian championship, but most of the program's talented graduates played for wealthier clubs. Gradually the team became more successful, winning the national championship for the first time in 2004, winning the Continental Cup twice, and sending many players to the Belarusian national team. Former Head Coach Mikhail Zakharov moved on to the national team full time in 2019, leading Alexander Makritsky to take the reigns.

One of only two teams from their country to take part in the CHL, reigning Belarusian champions Yunost have competed in three previous seasons until now. Their first season in 2016/17 saw them come through their group ahead of Mladá Boleslav and qualify for the Round of 32 - the first team from Belarus to do so. They went on to beat Frölunda by a goal in the first leg before going down 7-3 on aggregate.

Yunost Minsk qualified for the Champions Hockey League 2018/19 by winning the previous season's Continental Cup. On their way to the final, Yunost defeated Nomad Astana, Ritten Sport, and the Sheffield Steelers while keeping a perfect record. The 2018/19 CHL season was a true challenge for the club though, as they struggled – only managing two wins, finishing bottom of their group and failing to advance to the playoffs.

In 2019/20 however, it was a different story. Yunost won their opening two home games to go into pole position in Group D. Two road defeats looked to have cost them, but a Game Day 5 win in Lahti earned the team their first road win and moved them a step closer to the Playoffs - it was also Belarus' first regulation away victory. A shootout loss on the final day saw them through after other results had already gone on their favour! 

A first trip into the Round of 16 saw Yunost blow a two-goal lead at home to Red Bull Munich, losing 3-2 on home ice and then shutout to six in Bavaria.

"The strongest is red-blue." Official motto of Yunost Minsk

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 2003
  • 9 national titles
  • Have made seven consecutive playoff finals in Belarus

CHL Record

SeasonStage
2016/17Round of 32
2018/19Group Stage
2019/20Round of 16

 

 
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