| Traktor Chelyabinsk|
Ice hockey player
| July 8, 1974 (age 41)
Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (1974-07-08) |
Traktor Chelyabinsk (#31 / Goaltender)
Vitali Koval, Alexei Kalyuzhny, Kevin Lalande, Alexei Ugarov, Ruslan Salei
Andrei Mezin Wikipedia
Andrej Anatoljevič Miezin (Belarusian: Андрэй Анатольевiч Мезiн, Russian: Андрей Анатольевич Мезин; born July 8, 1974 in Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Belarusian ice hockey coach and a retired goaltender.
Mezin left his native Belarus in 1993 to head to North America and would spend five seasons playing in different leagues, including the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League and the United Hockey League. From 1998 to 2002, he played in Germany: one year with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers and three with the Berlin Capitals. He then played in Russia and the Czech Republic. Starting 2008, he spent time with KHL teams HC Dinamo Minsk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Traktor Chelyabinsk and Avangard Omsk.
Mezin gained international attention in 2002 as a member of the Belarus national men's ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Despite not winning a game in the Group D round robin, Belarus beat the Sweden national men's ice hockey team in the final round. Mezin was stellar, holding a star-laden Swedish team to only 3 goals on over 50 shots. The game was won by Belarus late in the third through a long shot gaffe made by Tommy Salo in the Swedish net. Belarus ended up finishing in fourth place. Mezin has represented the Belarus national team at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games and played several World Championships.
On October 1, 2008, Mezin and Metallurg Magnitogorsk faced the New York Rangers of the NHL in the inaugural Victoria Cup. Mezin stopped 40 out of 44 shots, playing a very respectable game in the 4-3 loss.
Mezin retired in 2014.
He has been serving as goaltender coach of HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since 2016.
In the offseason, Mezin lives in Kiev, Ukraine.Belarus Player of the Year (1998, 1999, 2005, 2006)
All-Star Team (WC 2006, WC 2009)