It is the first time the Belarusian president has found himself on the penalty bench.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka got two penalty minutes for dog-piling on an opponent during shooting of the puck. It happened in the third period of the match Belarus – United Arab Emirates at the Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament on January, 4.
The final score was 12-7 in favour of Belarus. Alyaksandr Lukashenka netted three goals.
The annual Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament for the prizes of the president of Belarus has been held in Minsk since 2005. The team of the President of Belarus is the ten-time winner of the tournament. Team Russia is a three-time champion (2007, 2011 and 2015).