Another former Washington Capitals forward has entered the coaching ranks. Longtime Caps skater Dmitri Khristich has a coaching job in Scotland.
Dmitri Khristich is one of the most relevant players in Washington Capitals history. He was a fan favorite for the Caps over his seven year tenure with the team. Capitals players have been entering the head coach industry for quite some time. Khristich is the newest. And he’ll be coaching a team with a familiar name.
Khristich has been hired by the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Scotland.
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“When the opportunity arose to sign someone with Dmitri Khristich’s pedigree, it was an easy decision to make,” said general manager Scott Neil, via the press release. “He will bring not only a wealth of experience playing at the top level of the game (the NHL) where he was one of the best players in the world during his era, but also coaching experience at International level and in one of the top leagues in the world, the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League).”
With the Capitals, Khristich had 140 goals and 160 assists for 300 points in 419 games. He added 26 points in the postseason in 45 games.
Khristich had 596 points in 811 games during his entire NHL career. He also played for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Khristich is best known for his time with the Capitals. During his career, he played in two All-Star games (1997 and 1999).
He joins fellow Capitals alumni such as Joel Quenneville, Dale Hunter and Kevin Kaminski in the head coaching fraternity.