Ex-KHL forward Alex Islamov signs for the Capitals

31 July 2017

Experienced 30 year old Russian forward Alex Islamov has signed up for the 17/18 Capitals campaign.

At 6ft 3” and 212lbs Islamov brings a physical presence to the Capitals roster and the centre boasts an impressive career to date which includes icing in 194 KHL games (scoring 43 points) in the top tier of the Russian game.

Born in Orsk, Islamov made his KHL debut in 2007 signing for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and remained at the top of the Russian game for 6 years.

Between 2013 until the end of last season he played in the VHL, the second tier of hockey in Russia, and iced in 242 games for four separate clubs. His experience includes one season (14/15) where he captained Ariada Volzhsk scoring an impressive 25 points in 50 games at that level. Over the 242 games he has played at VHL level, Islamov has scored 92 points.

The forward is a player who brings size and experience to the Capitals roster and adds a new element to the clubs offensive threat each night.

On signing Islamov Head Coach Dmitri Khristich said “He’s a big guy, he’ll be a big presence on the ice for us. He comes from the VHL where he’s been strong including captaining a team, and has KHL experience. He’s the type of player who is going to have all kinds of opportunities to have a big influence on our team next season.”

The player himself is looking forward to the season ahead and commented  “This is my first season abroad, so I feel really excited. I don't know a lot about the EIHL league but I have been researching it on the internet recently. It looks like it's a good league with skilled players and a good hockey atmosphere in the stands. I’m really looking forward to getting over to Edinburgh and getting started.”