Teslyukevich signs for the Capitals

28 July 2017

34 year old experienced Russian defenceman Konstantin Teslyukevich has sign for the 2017/18 Elite League campaign.

The 6ft and 183lb blue liner played in the 2nd tier of Russian ice hockey between 2001-2015 and in total iced 701 times in the highly competitive league.

Having started his career at HK Lipetsk in 2001-2002, Teslyukevich went on to ice for 7 different teams in the VHL/2nd tier scoring 212 points. Teslyukevich plays the game with an edge and in the 701 games played at VHL level picked up 752 penalty minutes.

The past two seasons have seen him ice in the Kazakhstan top division with Arlan Kokshetau and in 108 games he scored 48 points and picked up 86 penalty minutes. In 2015-16 Teslyukevich was the highest goal scoring defenceman in the Kazakh league with 10 goals, and the leagues highest plus/minus with +35. Last season playing as part of a strong side he again finished with an impressive +31 plus/minus rating.

Teslyukevich is a strong defenceman who can add offence whilst retaining focus on his role in his own zone. He brings an aggressive edge to the blue line and also experience.

On signing he said, "I'm happy that I've had the opportunity to sign with the Edinburgh Capitals. This is new challenge for me. I heard a lot about plans and high expectations for the upcoming season. I will try to give my best for the Capitals. I believe this will be special season for Edinburgh Capitals fans."

Head Coach Dmitri Khristich said of the signing "Konstantin is an experienced all round defenceman who has performed well in the VHL and Kazakhstan Leagues.  He has been one of the top players for plus minus statistics in his last two seasons and will provide an offensive threat from the blue line."