Ice Hockey Wiki
Vladimir Kopat
Born April 23, 1971,
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
F. teams
Class B
Progress-ShVSM Grodno
Khimik Novopolotsk
Soviet Class B
Progress-ShVSM Grodno
Soviet Championship League
Dinamo Minsk
Dinamo Minsk
Tivali Minsk
Avangard Omsk
Torpedo Yaroslavl
Severstal Cherepovets
SKA St. Petersburg
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Krylia Sovetov Moskva
Tivali Minsk
Keramin Minsk
Yunost Minsk
HK Gomel
Pervenstvo VHL
Torpedo Yaroslavl-2
Severstal Cherepovets-2
Krylia Sovetov Moskva-2
Vysshaya Liga
Torpedo Yaroslavl-2
Keramin Minsk
Belarusian Vysshaya Liga
HK Gomel-2
Ntl. team Flag of Belarus.png Belarus &
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
Playing career 1988–2010

Vladimir Kopat (born April 23, 1971 in Minsk) is a Belarusian retired defenceman who is currently the assistant coach of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and of the Kazakhstani National Team.

Kopat is best known for the goal he scored in the 2002 Olympic Games' quarterfinals against Sweden. With 17:35 minutes played in a game tied 3-3, Kopat skated in the neutral zone and took a shot half-way between the red line and Sweden's blue line. The shot hit Tommy Salo's mask, bounced on his back then entered the net, a totally unexpected twist of fate for the Tre Kronor, who had been dominant throughout the whole tournament, unlike Belarus, who entered the tournament as an underdog. That win was most certainly one of the greatest moment in the history of ice hockey in that country.

Kopat played for Belarus at the 1994 and 1995 World Championships "Pool C", 1996 World Championship "Pool B", 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006 World Championships, 2002 Olympics and at the 2002 World Championship Division I.

Kopat was the assistant coach of Belarus at the 2016 World U18 Championship Division IA, 2017 World U18 Championship and at the 2017 World Junior Championship Division IA. He was also the assistant coach of Kazakhstan at the 2019 World Championship Division IA.

Team staff career[]

Role Team Years
Assistant coach HK Gomel 2011 - 2013
Assistant coach Dinamo Minsk 2013 - 2016
Assistant coach Belarusian National U18 Team 2016 - 2017
Assistant coach Belarusian National Junior Team 2017
Assistant coach Amur Khabarovsk 2017 - 2018
Assistant coach Barys Nur-Sultan 2018 - 2020
Assistant coach Kazakhstani National Team 2019 - present
Assistant coach Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2020 - present

External Links[]