Edinburgh Capitals name former NHL All star Dmitri Khristich as Head Coach
47 year old Ukranian Dmitri Khristich, a former Soviet Union international, Ukraine National team Assistant Coach and NHL All Star has agreed to join the Edinburgh Capitals as Head Coach for the 2017/2018 EIHL season.
In terms of ice hockey experience, as a player and coach, Dmitri Khristich will be arguably the most experienced to grace the Elite League to date. As a player Khristich had a remarkable National Hockey League career with 637 points in just 886 games. He underlined his credentials as one of the best players in the NHL during this period by participating in two NHL All Star Games in 1997 and 1999. The majority of Khristich’s NHL career was with the Washington Capitals, however he also lined up with Wayne Gretzky at LA Kings.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Khristich played for the legendary “Red Machine”, the Soviet Union National ice hockey team winning a gold and silver medal at the World Championships as a junior. In 1990 he won an IIHF World Championship gold medal, the pinnacle of a players international career. He also participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City with the Ukrainian national ice hockey team.
In 2010 Khristich was behind the bench with the Ukraine men’s national ice hockey team as an assistant coach for World Championships and Winter Olympics Qualifiers. In addition to his experience as a coach at international level, Khristich also has experience coaching in the KHL, Europe’s strongest ice-hockey league, with Traktor Chelyabinsk and Amur Khabarovsk.
Of the signing General Manager of the Edinburgh Capitals Scott Neil said, “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."