Belarus hockey season runs from late August to March-April. The most popular in the capital is hockey club Dinamo Minsk, which plays in the Continental Hockey League - the Russian version of the NHL, uniting teams from Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland.
Home matches are played at Minsk Arena. Despite the failure to deliver good results, Dinamo is considered to be the pride of the CHL and its calling card. Whenever Dinamo plays in Minsk, the home arena is almost always full, with fans passionately supporting their team. Minsk Arena is one of the ten most visited ice hockey venues in Europe. The home matches played by Dinamo Minsk in the CHL are undoubtedly the main sports attraction in Belarus.
Unfortunately, there is a downside of this marketing and branding success of Belarusian ice hockey. The task to make Dinamo Minsk the basic team of Belarusian ice hockey was failed by the team leaders. Many Belarusian fans reckon the dominance of legionnaires and the weak national championship are behind the stagnation in Belarusian ice hockey in recent years as every effort is put into the CHL games. As a result, Team Belarus struggled to survive in the ice hockey international elite during the past several world championships. In 2013, it failed the qualification for the right to participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Another popular local team Yunost Minsk plays in the National Championship. Built for the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship Čyžoŭka Arena has become the new home stadium for the team. Yunost's youth teamYouth team takes part in Youth Hockey League - a mini-CHL for junior teams from Russia and other countries.
Where to play hockey
To rent an ice hockey arena, you should directly ask the administration of Minsk ice hockey arenas and stadiums. By the way, there you can also learn where you can just go skating or rollerblading and where to play curling, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis (Minsk Arena).
There is also Amateur Hockey League in Minsk.
- Address: 111 Pieramožcaŭ Ave
- Contact data: + 375 (17) 254-77-36
- Website: Minsk-Arena
- Address: 19 Taškienckaja St.
- Contact data: +375 17 345-48-23 (ticket office)
- Website: Čyžoŭka-Arena
- Address: 27 Prytyckaha St. (Metro station Spartyŭnaja)
- Contact data: 375 29 251-33-80
- Website: Ice Palace
Palace of Sports
- Address: 4 Pieramožcaŭ Ave (Metro station Niamiha)
- Contact data: 375 17 203-47-33, +375 17 203-27-33 (ticket office)
- Website: Palace of Sports