July 23, 1969|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
Soviet Union and|
120th overall, 1988|
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.
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
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 that 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.
- July 8, 1995 – Traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Byron Dafoe for the Kings' 1st round choice (Alexandre Volchkov) and the Dallas Stars' 4th round choice (previously acquired, Washington selected Justin Davis) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
- August 29, 1997 – Traded to the Boston Bruins with Byron Dafoe for Jozef Stümpel, Sandy Moger, and the Bruins' 4th round choice (later traded to the New Jersey Devils, who selected Pierre Dagenais) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
- October 20, 1999 – Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Maple Leafs' 2nd round choice (Ivan Huml) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
- December 11, 2000 – Traded back to the Washington Capitals (his original team) for the Tampa Bay Lightning's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, the Maple Leafs selected Brendan Bell) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|1986–87||ShVSM Kyiv||USSR II||7||1||1||2||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||ShVSM Kyiv||USSR II||4||4||0||4||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||76||27||37||64||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||75||19||37||56||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
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