Edinburgh Capitals have signed 31 year old Russian forward Sergei Banashkov for the EIHL 2017-18 campaign.
Capitals Head Coach Dmitri Khristich has again turned to Eastern Europe as the club builds its roster for the coming season, signing 5ft 11” Sergei Banashkov to bolster his forward lines.
The Chelyabinsk born forward played in Russia’s 2nd tier, the VHL, for Saryarka Karaganda. Banshkov was the second top goal scorer for the club last season as it finished 3rd in the league.
He began his junior career with Traktor Chelyabinsk and has since played in the Russia 2/VHL and Russia 3 leagues. He spent the majority of his career in the Kazakhstan league. In 263 games in Kazakhstan Banashkov scored 160 points (83 goals, 77 assists) between 2009-2016. Banashkov is aslo a former Kazakhstan league winner and Kazakhstan Under 20 international.
The Capitals hope Sergei will become an influential part of the clubs roster for the coming season. Head Coach Dmitri Khristich said, “I have high hopes for Sergei. He has an excellent pedigree and I have heard good things about his work ethic. I look forward to working with him and having him play a key role in our scoring capabilities.”
On signing for the Capitals Sergei Banashkov said, “It is exciting for me to be moving to a new country to play hockey. Coach Dmitri Khristich has a legacy all to himself and I cannot wait to show him what I can do. I've heard great things about the Edinburgh Capitals fans and I look foward to getting on the ice to show them what I can do.”