Edinburgh Capitals coach Dmitri Khristich looks forward to the Elite League Scottish Cup.
We are now just ONE day away from the start of the Elite Scottish Cup.
Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars face off in the first semi-final at 2pm on Saturday, followed by the Capitals taking on West coast rivals the Braehead Clan at 5.30pm. The third and forth place play off and Elite Scottish Cup final both take place on Sunday.
With the event upon us Edinburgh Capitals Head Coach Dmitri Khristich is looking forward to the test. When asked his thoughts on pre-season to date he said “We had a couple of intense games against strong but equal competition. The truth about ice hockey is that team and individual mistakes cost a lot. We must make sure that they don’t happen and we must stay strong and fight throughout the 60 minutes of the game, or if need through overtimes and eventually shoot outs”.
On the Scottish Cup as a tournament Khristich said “It’s being held for the first time and it’s an honour that the Cup is being hosted in our city by our team. I’ve been discussing the tournament with my team, we are going to make every effort to perform our best, show what we can achieve and provide a real show and some great games.”
As the season begins to gain momentum we asked Dmitri is first impressions of his new adopted country Scotland, and the Capital city, Edinburgh. He said “Edinburgh is a very nice city. I’ve not seen much yet as I have based in the ice rink a great deal of time since arriving, there’s been a lot to do including training sessions with the team obviously. However my first impression of the city is that it’s got the feel of a quite old European city with a lot of history. That aspect of the city means I’d compare it to then likes of say Riga or Boston. I know that is not European, but I like it a lot as a city, it too has a lot of history, and it’s very unusual. In terms of here, I like that the weather is not too bad, not hot and not yet extremely cold!”
The Elite Scottish Cup is here, get behind your team and enjoy the event!