Edinburgh Capitals have captured the signing of 24 year old Russian netminder Pavel Shegalo.
The Moscow born netminder will be an imposing figure in the Capitals goal this season standing at 6'2" (187cm) and weighing 190lbs (86kg). Shegalo is the first Russian netminder ever to play in the EIHL.
Pavel started his professional career signing with MHK Kylia Sovetov in season 2010-2011 posting a regular season save percentage of .908 and a goals against average of 2.66 in the 25 games played.
Those impressive debut season figures saw him play for the Russian Under 18 team in the World Championship and having played in four games he was part of a Russia squad that won the Bronze Medal.
Pavel joins the Capitals having played last season in Belarus with Metallurg Zhlobin but also has VHL experience and was called up to KHL side Sibir Novosibirsk last season where he was backup for a game.
Shegalo becomes Head Coach Dmitri Khristich’s latest recruit as the Edinburgh Capitals build towards the 2017/18 season. Khristich commented, “Shegalo is a young goalie. We had a phone call and I like his spirit. This is a guy with the right attitude. He used to be a team leader and now he wants to further his ambitions in a new league."
Pavel Shegalo said on signing, “I'm happy to be in the team and in a new league for me. I will try to do the best to win as many matches as possible for the team and for the fans of the city of Edinburgh.”