MINSK – Evgeny Vorsin was voted new president of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association at an extraordinary assembly. He received 24 of 25 votes.
Vorsin follows long-term president Vladimir Naumov, who quit from his position in December. Vorsin is a former Ministry of Sports and Tourism. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Community, a customs and economic treaty that includes several former Soviet Republics, a position he will give up to fully focus on hockey.
A next assembly will be held in May in which Vorsin wants to vote about plans for the future until 2014 with the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and Belarus playing host to the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
Vorsin wants to change the statutes in order to give hockey development more power and grant representatives from hockey schools membership in the executive committee. He named the development of players the biggest task in Belarusian hockey and also wants to bring Belarusian players back to the country in order to make the domestic league more attractive.
Another open question remains on the coaching position.
“In the short time remaining until the World Championship you can hardly change something dramatically,” Vorsin said at a press conference. “I do not see the point in hiring a foreign coach now.”
He named Mikhail Zakharov, who was coaching the national team at the Olympics, Alexander Andrievsky and Vladimir Tsyplakov possible candidates for the Belarusian national team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.