Eighth Yunost attempt
Based on the results of the draw for 2011/12 Continental Cup, held in Hungarian Budapest, 19 teams are to take part in the preliminary stage, with the super finals taking place in Ruan (France), from January 13th-15th, 2012. Beside the host team — local Ruan — Yunost Minsk has qualified for the finals without having to perform in the qualification round. Two more teams are to be chosen via the three-stage selection system. The finals will be a single round event.
Sadly, most leading hockey states in Europe (Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany and Austria) have again ignored the Continental Cup. Russia sent its Rubin squad from Tyumen, from its 2nd Division.
Yunost has participated in the tournament seven times, winning in 2007 and 2011. In 2010, the Minsk squad came second, losing to Austria’s Red Bulls.