Last season’s Edinburgh Capitals EIHL top points scorer Pavel Vorobyev has agreed to return to the club for the 2017/18 season.
Vorobyev was a hugely popular figure with the Capitals fans last season, the Ex-Chicago Blackhawk centre is arguably one of the most naturally skilful forwards the club has had to date.
The 6ft centre scored a point a game in the Elite League in 2016/17, comfortably outscoring the clubs other forwards on the roster, and Pavel is keen to build on his first season in the UK.
In terms of pedigree, Vorobyev had an impressive International career playing at under 18 and under 20 levels for Russia, before dressing four times for the senior team.
In 2003 the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks drafted Pavel in the first round and between 2003-2006 he played 57 NHL games for the Blackhawks scoring 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). He also has huge experience playing in the American Hockey League (AHL), and in Russia in the KHL (top tier) and VHL (2nd tier) before he moved to the Capitals last season.
Last season Pavel scored 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points in 50 EIHL games, taking just 24 penalty minutes through the season. That caught the eye of other clubs, however Capitals have retained their star player.
With the arrival of Ukraine’s Dmitri Khristich as Head Coach, Pavel is looking forward to the way Capitals will shape up this season.
On his decision to return he said ”Last season I enjoyed playing with the Edinburgh Capitals, I was happy. Edinburgh is a great city with a great set of fans and the club has great management who make you feel hugely welcome. I liked playing in Edinburgh and I felt at home, that’s important to me, I felt comfortable living here and playing for the team. When Scott proposed a contract for next season, I didn’t have to think long and agreed to return quickly.”
On next season Pavel went on to say “At a minimum I want to help Edinburgh make the play offs. I’ll go out every game and give 100% and will try to improve on my return in 2016/17. I want to do more. I’m looking forward to playing for Dmitri, he was a great player, and I am sure he is going to be a excellent coach to play for. I am looking forward to next season, and to returning to Edinburgh.”
Edinburgh Capitals look forward to welcoming Pavel back to Edinburgh soon.