Dmitri Khristich

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Dmitri Khristich
Born (1969-07-23) July 23, 1969 (age 44)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Washington Capitals
Sokil Kyiv
National team  Ukraine 
 Soviet Union
NHL Draft 120th overall, 1988
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1984–2004

Dmytro Anatoliiovych "Dmitri" Khristich (Ukrainian: Дмитро́ Анатолійович Хри́стич; born July 23, 1969) is a former professional ice hockey player. The Ukrainian played 811 games in the NHL in his career, for the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently the Head Supervisor of the Professional Hockey League (PHL) of Ukraine.

Achievements[edit]

Khristich appeared in the 1997 and 1999 NHL All-Star Games. In the 1998–99 season, he had the highest shooting percentage (20.1%) among players with at least 82 shots (an average of at least one shot per scheduled game). He is the all-time scoring leader for players born and trained in Ukraine.

Boston walks away[edit]

Following the 1998-99 season, his second year with the Boston Bruins, Khristich took his club to arbitration and was awarded a $2.8 million salary. Feeling he wasn't worth the money, Bruins General Manager Harry Sinden opted to walk away from the contract making Khristich an unrestricted free agent.

This marked the first-time ever than an NHL franchise opted to walk away from a player after losing an arbitration case (Sinden would eventually be proven correct, as Khristich, coming off 66- and 71-point seasons, only scored 89 points over the next 3 seasons). Sinden would repeat this move several years later, walking away from defenseman David Tanabe.

Transactions[edit]

International play[edit]

Khristich represented the Soviet Union in the 1990 World Ice Hockey Championships where he won a gold medal. He played for Ukraine at the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championships. He also represented Ukraine at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He played two games and scored two goals. The team finished in 10th place.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1985–86 Sokil Kyiv USSR 4 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Sokil Kyiv USSR 20 3 0 3 4
1987–88 ShVSM Kyiv USSR-2 4 4 0 4 4
1987–88 Sokil Kyiv USSR 37 9 1 10 18
1988–89 Sokil Kyiv USSR 42 17 10 27 15
1989–90 Sokil Kyiv USSR 47 14 22 36 32
1990–91 Sokil Kyiv USSR 28 10 12 22 20
1990–91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Washington Capitals NHL 40 13 14 27 -1 21 11 1 3 4 -2 6
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 36 37 73 +24 35 7 3 2 5 +2 15
1992–93 Washington Capitals NHL 64 31 35 66 +29 28 6 2 5 7 -2 2
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 83 29 29 58 -2 73 11 2 3 5 0 10
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 48 12 14 26 0 41 7 1 4 5 +4 0
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 27 37 64 0 44
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 19 37 56 +8 38
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 82 29 37 66 +25 42 6 2 2 4 +1 2
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 79 29 42 71 +11 48 12 3 4 7 +1 6
1999–2000 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 12 18 30 +8 24 12 1 2 3 -3 0
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 3 6 9 +8 8
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 43 10 19 29 -8 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 61 9 12 21 +2 12
2002–03 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 9 12 21 20 3 0 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 38 4 7 11 20
NHL totals 811 259 337 596 +104 422 75 15 25 40 +1 41
USSR/RSL totals 247 66 64 130 129 3 0 0 0 4

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