The 2021-22 edition of the Belarus Cup, named after Ruslan Salei, was unveiled: the competition will be held according to the classical scheme: two groups at the first stage and the final four
In the upcoming season, the 12 teams of the newly reunified Extraliga will take part in the tournament: Yunost Minsk, HK Gomel, Shakhtar Soligorsk, Metallurg Zhlobin, Dynamo Molodechno, Neman Grodno, Khimik Novopolotsk, HK Brest, Lokomotiv Orsha, HK Mogilev, HK Lida, HC Vitebsk. They will be divided into two groups of 6 teams and will play a one-round mini-tournament
The winners of the group are guaranteed tickets to the final four.
The current winner of the trophy - Dynamo Minsk - will enter directly into the final four. The last participant will be selected among the teams finishing in the second places in the groups and will have the best rating at the end of the 2020/21 season
The final four will be hosted by one of the clubs that won the right to play in the second stage of the tournament.
Group A: Yunost Minsk, Shakhtar Soligorsk, Dynamo Molodechno, Neman Grodno, HK Brest, HK Lida.
Group B: HKGomel, Metallurg Zhlobin, Khimik Novopolotsk, Lokomotiv Orsha, HK Mogilev, HC Vitebsk.
Complete calendar here
(11 Jun 2021)
For the third time in history, Dinamo Minsk won the Belarus Cup, named after Ruslan Salei, by beating 3-0 in the final, played in Gomel, cup holder and national champion Yunost Minsk. In the semifinal, Dinamo trashed 4-0 host Gomel, while Yunost prevailed at shootouts against Dinamo Maladzyechna. These teams reached the final four by winnig their qualification groups, while Dinamo Minsk and Yunost earned a bye and enter in the competition in the final four.(31 Aug 2020)
In the bronze medal final, Dinamo Maladzyechna left no chance for Gomel, with a 5-1 victory.
It's the first trophy for Dinamo Minsk since 2009, when the club won the Spengler Cup
In a short note, Belarus Federation announced Metallurg Zhlobin won't allowed to participate in next Belarus Cup, that starts on August 1.
The reason is the non-compliance with the competition regulations, including the club's many years of growing indebtedness to the Federation and hockey players, who were forced to appeal to the Federation Appeal Committee.
If the club does not eliminate problems until August 15, Metallurg will not be allowed to start the Belarus Extraliga 2019/20.
(30 Jul 2019)
The calendar of 2019 Belarus Cup, named after legend Ruslan Salei, was unveiled with a new formula: the teams from Extraliga A and B was splitted in two groups. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals, where are automatically qualified champion Yunost Minsk and Dinamo Minsk. The semifinals and the finals will be held in Orsha on August 17 and 18(20 Jun 2019)
Kazakh forward German Nesterov was the key player for Gomel winning the 2018 Belarus Cup, named after Ruslan Salei. Nesterov scored a goal, seved one assist and netted the decisive shootout in 3-2 epic victory at Ice Palace Grodno in front of 2800 spectators against Cup holder Neman Grodno. The first leg of final ended 2-2. With this victory Gomel award the fifth National Cup, becoming the major winner of the Trophy along with Yunost Minsk, both with 5 titles(20 Dec 2017)
In front of 2.800 spectator at Gomel ice arena, home team lets the victory escaped in the first leg of Belarus Cup final against Neman Grodno. Leading 2-0 after 22 minutes, Gomel suffered two goals in 15 seconds at minute 24.for the final 2-2(05 Dec 2017)
The second decisive leg will be played at Neman Arena on December20
Despite two defeats in 2nd leg of semifinals, Cup holder Neman Grodno and HK Gomel are the finalists of 2017 Belarus Cup, named after Ruslan Salei.
In a replay of last season Cup and league finals, Neman knocked out rival Yunost Minsk, winning 6-4 in Minsk and loosing 1-2 at home.
An opening goal by Edijs Brahmanis was enough for Gomel to secure the pass for the final, despite the 3-1 defeat against Dinamo Maladzyechna, thanks to the 3-0 victory in the first leg.(27 Sep 2017)
The date of final is TBD
HK Gomel won the national Cup 4 times, the lasty in 2013; Neman has two titles, in 2015 and 2017
After the last game, won by Dinamo Maladzyechna against Yunost Minsk, the semifinals of Belarus Cup are known with the first two teams from each of two groups qualified: HC Dinamo Maladzyechna, winner of Group A, will play with Gomel, while Neman Grodno will face Yunost Minsk. The dates of two legs of semifinals are to be determined(27 Aug 2017)
The calendar of 2017 Belarus Cup, named after hockey legend Ruslan Salei, was unveiled with a unexpected news: Serbian team Crvena Zvezda Beograd will compete in the Cup as host team, without the right to eventually advance to final. Serbian team, with Belarusian Igor Krivoshlykov in the coaching staff, will spend pre-season training camp in the city of Kobrin, successfully asking to the Belarus Federation to compete in a tournament as part of preparation for the new season, according to the rumours, in the newly created International Hockey League with Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian teams
As usual the teams are divided in two groups, with the top two teams in each group advancing to semifinals.
(17 Jun 2017)
Last year Neman Grodno, later also Extraliga champion, won the Cup beating Yunost Minsk in the final
After the defeat 4-5 at home in leg one of the finals, Neman Grodno overturned the score winning 4-1 at Chizovka Arena in Minsk, earning the second Belarus Cup, named after legendary Ruslan Salei, in the history of club, after the first ever won in 2014-15 defeating again Yunost in the final.(25 Oct 2016)
The club from Minsk is still the major winner of the trophy, with 5 victories