Dmitri Khristich

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Dmitri Khristich
Born (1969-07-23) July 23, 1969 (age 50)
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  Soviet Union and
 Ukraine
NHL Draft 120th overall, 1988
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1984–2004

Dmytro Anatoliiovych "Dmitri" Khristich (Ukrainian: Дмитро́ Анатолійович Хри́стич, Russian: Дмитрий Анатольевич 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 was most recently the Head coach of EIHL side the Edinburgh Capitals, joining in June 2017 but departing in December of the same year.[1]

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.

Transfers[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 and playoffs[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
1986–87 ShVSM Kyiv USSR II 7 1 1 2 6
1987–88 Sokil Kyiv USSR 37 9 1 10 18
1987–88 ShVSM Kyiv USSR II 4 4 0 4 4
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 21 11 1 3 4 6
1991–92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 36 37 73 35 7 3 2 5 15
1992–93 Washington Capitals NHL 64 31 35 66 28 6 2 5 7 2
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 83 29 29 58 73 11 2 3 5 10
1994–95 Washington Capitals NHL 48 12 14 26 41 7 1 4 5 0
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 27 37 64 44
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 19 37 56 38
1997–98 Boston Bruins NHL 82 29 37 66 42 6 2 2 4 2
1998–99 Boston Bruins NHL 79 29 42 71 48 12 3 4 7 6
1999–2000 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 12 18 30 24 12 1 2 3 0
2000–01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 3 6 9 8
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 43 10 19 29 8 3 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 61 9 12 21 12
2002–03 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 31 9 12 21 20 3 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 38 4 7 11 20
NHL totals 811 259 337 596 422 75 15 25 40 41
USSR totals 178 53 45 98 89

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1987 Soviet Union EJC 7 7 0 7 2
1988 Soviet Union WJC 7 1 1 2 0
1989 Soviet Union WJC 7 6 2 8 2
1990 Soviet Union WC 7 2 3 5 4
2001 Ukraine WC 6 1 2 3 2
2002 Ukraine OG 2 2 0 2 0
2002 Ukraine WC 6 0 3 3 6
2003 Ukraine WC 6 0 1 1 28
Junior totals 21 14 3 17 4
Senior totals 27 5 9 14 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edinburgh Capitals". Edinburgh Capitals.

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