Salei has represented Belarus at the World Championships eight times, five times in the top division (1998, 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009). He recorded his best statistics in 2009 with five points (2-3-5) in six games played.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic