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.
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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