Uh, Lewis stated: "a Year ago we played in the quarterfinals. This year I told the players that I like the result is not satisfied. Our goal is the medal round, that is not less than the semifinals. The boys are ready!".

"Now we have a large group of young players on the defense, where I have to rely on. It is clear that for them it is new experience of playing at such a high level. But still will try to do the same as a year ago — to move gradually from game to game, each preparing for the next match and the next opponent," summed up the coach of the Belarusians that the last two Championships always take place in the quarter-finals.

For the 2016 world Cup team of Belarus will play in group "B" (Saint-Petersburg) against teams from Finland, Canada, USA, Slovakia, France, Germany and Hungary.

The national team of Belarus at the world Cup-2016:

goalies Vitaly Koval (västerås, Sweden), Dmitri Milchakov, Kevin Lalande (both "Dinamo" Minsk, KHL)

defenders — Nikita Ustinenko, Ilya Shinkevich, Evgeny Lisovets (all — "the Dynamo" Mn), Dmitry Korobov (Spartak, KHL), Christian Henkel, Roman Dyukov (both Yunost-Minsk"), Oleg Yevenko ("lake Erie Monsters"), Kirill Gotovets ("Rockford")

forwards — Sergei Drozd, Nikita Komarov, Alexey Kalyuzhny, Charles Lingle, Andrei Stepanov, Alexander p., Arthur Gavrus (all — "Dinamo" Minsk, KHL), Alexander Kitarov, Andrei Stas (both Neftekhimik, KHL), Sergei Kostitsyn ("torpedo" NN, KHL), Andrei Kostitsyn (Sochi, KHL) Evgeny Kovyrshin (Severstal, KHL), Jeff Platte (CSKA Moscow, KHL), Artem Demkov (Shakhtar Soligorsk).