Copenhagen, Denmark — Belarus has replaced coach Dave Lewis after losing its first three games at the men's world hockey championship.
Lewis, who coached the Red Wings for two seasons (2002-04) after Scotty Bowman retired, was in charge of Belarus since the 2014-15 season. The Belarusian ice hockey federation announced Tuesday the move was made by mutual consent and that assistant coach Sergei Pushkov will take over for the rest of the tournament in Denmark.
Lewis, 64, also played in Detroit the final two seasons of his 15-year career in 1986-88 before joining the team as an assistant coach and helping guide the Wings to three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
Belarus is pointless at the bottom of Group A after losing to Sweden (5-0), France (6-2) and Russia (6-0) and must improve over its final four group games to avoid relegation.
The overall bottom two teams in the tournament will be relegated from the top tier. Korea is also pointless at the bottom of Group B.