Valeyev adds an edge to the Capitals

04 August 2017

Edinburgh Capitals have signed vastly experienced Russian Igor Valeyev to their roster.

The forward comes to the club after being highly recommended by Andrei Nikolishin, the Edinburgh Capitals Russian scout.

Valeyev is a 36 year old 6 foot and 223lb left winger who has agreed to join the Capitals from the VHL where he played the 2016/17 season in Russia.

The player comes to the club with great experience both playing in Russia and Kazakhstan, but also several seasons playing in Canada. Valeyev was drafted in to the NHL by the St Louis Blues in 2001 and iced in the AHL from 2001-2005. In total he played 151 AHL games during which time he scored 34 points.

In 2005 he moved back to Russia joining Sibir Novosibirsk and over the past 12 years has played in 47 KHL games, 357 VHL games and 70 games in the top league in Kazakhstan. Valeyev is a talented forward who plays with an edge and will stick up for his team mates when necessary – in his 357 VHL games he scored 149 points but also picked up 640 penalty minutes.

Scout Andrei Nikolishin said of Valeyev “Igor is an experienced forward who can to stand up for himself and his teammates. He is only 6'0 but has a solid build and likes to play physically. He also has good hands and can collect important points for the team. Igor is player with the right attitude on and off the ice and that makes him a good role model for young players.”

On signing for the Capitals the player said “It's my first visit to the UK ever. I'm very exсited about accepting this new challenge in my career. Andrei Nikolishin told me great things about the Capitals organization and, of course, I appreciate the opportunity to work with NHL legend Dmitry Khristich. Definitely Sergei Banashkov also affected my decision, he's my close friend here in Chelyabinsk."