UMass' Yevenko To Play For Belarus At IIHF World Championship
May 6, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass defenseman Oleg Yevenkohas been named to Belarusian National Team for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship, it was announced on Tuesday. The tournament, which is being held in Yevenko's hometown of Minsk, Belarus, runs from May 9-25.
Yevenko and the rest of the Belarusian squad will open the World Championship this Friday, May 9, against Team USA in a contest that will be broadcast live on NBC Sports at 1:30 p.m. (ET). In addition, NBC Sports will also have coverage of the quarterfinals, semifinals and the 2014 IIHF Championship game, which will air live on Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m. (ET).
Yevenko, who will be a senior for the Minutemen in 2014-15, saw action in 32 of 34 games as a junior this past season and logged one assist. He ranked eighth in Hockey East in blocked shots with 63, as well. Over three seasons at UMass, he has appeared in 96 of a possible 104 games thus far in his career.
In December 2013, Yevenko was invited to participate in a training camp and international tournament for Belarus over the holiday break and traveled to Switzerland where he helped the Belarusians win the Arosa Challenge. The 6-7 blueliner has been invited to NHL Prospect camps twice, attending New York Islanders' camp in the Summer of 2012 and New Jersey Devils' camp in the Summer of 2013.
Yevenko is the third Minuteman to play in the IIHF World Championship, joining Thomas Pock of Austria (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) and Toni Soderholm of Finland (2005, 2007).