20 in 20: Barys

Jun 25, 2021 | Craig Peterson

Evgenii Gustomesov skates up the ice with the puck for Barys at the 2018 World Selects Invitational.

A closer look at each of the 20 teams participating at the 2021 World Selects Trophy.

The ‘20 in 20’ series takes a deep dive into each of the 20 teams competing at the historic World Selects Trophy in Nashville, Tennessee on June 28th. This 15U tournament is set to feature the best players in the age group from around the world with players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Today, we take a closer look at Barys.


One of the European-based teams in the field, Barys is composed primarily of players from the Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, area. The roster has been subsidized with North American players like Aidan Pustizzi, Ben Sonkin and Cooper Hill from the Nashville Jr. Predators. Forwards Karim Kazhibekov and Abzal Alibek provide good size up front as a pair of 6-footers and the defensive group maintains good balance throughout the pairings.

The 2021 event will be the third time Barys has crossed the Atlantic to compete in a North American World Selects event. They have yet to qualify for the elimination rounds but will a smaller field and a new location change the program’s fortunes in the States?

WHH is providing exclusive coverage of the 2021 World Selects Trophy. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for the latest news regarding the international tournament later this month.




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