Dmitri Khristich's hockey career took him to four NHL teams, the KHL, the Olympics with two different national teams and now it is taking him back to the Capitals...in Scotland. The former Capital was named the head coach of the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Ice Hockey League on Friday.
Khristich spent seven seasons of his NHL career with the Caps, amassing 300 points in 419 games. He was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the 1988 draft. After five seasons with the Caps, he was traded four times to the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs and eventually landed back in Washington for two more seasons. He spent another two seasons in the KHL before hanging up his skates.
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Interestingly, Khristich suited up for two national teams in international play. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he won a gold medal in the World Championships with the Soviet Union in 1990. After the Soviet Union's collapse, he played for Ukraine in 2001, 2002 and 2003 as well as the Olympics in 2002.
As a coach, Khristich has experience as an assistant at both the international level and the KHL.
Edinburgh general manager Scott Neil said via a statement:
When the opportunity arose to sign someone with Dmitri Khristich’s pedigree, it was an easy decision to make. He will bring not only a wealth of experience playing at the top level of the game (the NHL) where he was one of the best players in the world during his era, but also coaching experience at International level and in one of the top leagues in the world, the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League). Dmitri and I spoke at length about our views on how to drive the club forward, and I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming months. It’s an exciting time for the Capitals.
Edinburgh finished last in the EIHL in the 2016-17 season with a record of 16-33-3, eight points behind the next team.
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The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?
Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.
That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).
Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.
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Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:
In contention for: Norris
Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.
In contention for: Hart
Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.
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