The International Ice Hockey Federation approved a request from the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association and declared the naturalized players Kevin Lalande and Geoff Platt eligible to represent the Belarusian national team in IIHF events.

Both Lalande and Platt were born in Ontario, Canada, and have been playing for Dynamo Minsk, the Belarusian team competing in the Kontinental Hockey League, for several years.

According to the IIHF Statutes & Bylaws players with multiple citizenships can play for a national team under certain conditions including an approved international transfer and evidence for having played in and been a resident of the national team’s country for at least 24 consecutive months – if the player has not yet represented a national team in an IIHF championship or Olympic ice hockey tournament – or for 48 consecutive months respectively if a player has represented a different country’s national team in the past.