Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dmitri Khristich
A skilled left-winger and centre whose intensity has been questioned, Dimitri Khristich has demonstrated undeniable skill since entering the NHL in 1990-91. He entered the 2001-02 season as a key component of the highly-skilled Washington Capitals.

Born in Kiev, USSR, Khristich played six years for Sokol Kiev where he was a solid two-way forward. He was chosen 120th overall by Washington in 1988 when his talent was considered very raw. He progressed and took on greater responsibilities for Kiev over the next two years and played for the USSR when it won gold at the 1990 World Championships.

After starting the 1990-91 season in Kiev, Khristich joined the Capitals and scored 27 points in 40 games as a rookie. When he signed with the Caps on December 11, 1990, the 21-year-old Khristich made history as the youngest player ever allowed to leave the Soviet Union. The next season he broke through with 36 goals and was a consistent offensive threat until the end of the 1994-95 season. There was a concern over the drop in Khristich's play in the playoffs when tighter checking predominated. However, this malady was rampant throughout the team as it continually put up mediocre results in the post-season.

Khristich was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in July 1995 and he went on to score 27 goals in 1995-96 when he was named the team's most valuable player. During his time on the West Coast, Khristich played centre briefly on a line with Vladimir Tsyplakov and Vitali Yachmenev. In August 1997 he and goalie Byron Dafoe were sent to the Boston Bruins for Jozef Stumpel and Sandy Moger.

Khristich recorded consecutive 29-goal seasons and was one of the Bruins' best all-round forwards. A contract squabble with general manager Harry Sinden led to the Ukrainian being traded to Toronto where he disappointed with only 30 points in 53 games. He was also a non-factor when the Leafs were eliminated by the stronger New Jersey Devils in the second round. After a slow start and significant time spent in the press box, Khristich was traded to Washington where he started quickly then faded and ended up with only 13 goals in 70 games. His career was at an important juncture as the 2001-02 season began.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 ShVSM Kiev USSR-3
1985-86 Sokol Kiev USSR 4 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Sokol Kiev USSR 20 3 0 3 4
1986-87 Soviet Union EJC-A 7 7 0 7 2
1987-88 ShVSM Kiev USSR-2 4 4 0 4 4
1987-88 Sokol Kiev USSR 37 9 1 10 18
1988-89 Sokol Kiev USSR 42 17 10 27 15
1988-89 Soviet Union WJC-A 7 6 2 8 2
1989-90 Sokol Kiev USSR 47 14 22 36 32
1989-90 Sokol Kiev Fr-Tour 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 CSKA Moscow Super-S 4 1 0 1 2
1989-90 Soviet Union WEC-A 7 2 3 5 4
1990-91 Sokol Kiev Fr-Tour 1 0 1 1 0
1990-91 Sokol Kiev USSR 28 10 12 22 20
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 40 13 14 27 21 -1 11 1 3 4 6
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 80 36 37 73 35 +24 7 3 2 5 15
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 64 31 35 66 28 +29 6 2 5 7 2
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 83 29 29 58 73 -2 11 2 3 5 10
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 48 12 14 26 41 0 7 1 4 5 0
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 27 37 64 44 0
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 19 37 56 38 +8
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 82 29 37 66 42 +25 6 2 2 4 2
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 79 29 42 71 48 +11 12 3 4 7 6
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 12 18 30 24 +8 12 1 2 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
2000-01 Ukraine WC-A 6 1 2 3 2 -3
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 61 9 12 21 12 +2
2001-02 Ukraine Olympics 2 2 0 2 0 -1
2001-02 Ukraine WC-A 6 0 3 3 6 -2
2002-03 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 31 9 12 21 20 3 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Ukraine WC-A 6 0 1 1 28 -5
2003-04 Metallurg Magnitogorsk Russia 38 4 7 11 20
NHL Totals 811 259 337 596 422 75 15 25 40 41


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1997, 1999) Traded to Los Angeles by Washington with Byron Dafoe for Los Angeles' 1st round pick (Alexandre Volchkov) and Dallas' 4th round pick (previously acquired, Washington selected Justin Davis) in 1996 NHL Draft, July 8, 1995. Traded to Boston by Los Angeles with Byron Dafoe for Jozef Stumpel, Sandy Moger and Boston's 4th round pick (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Pierre Dagenais) in 1998 NHL Draft, August 29, 1997. Traded to Toronto by Boston for Toronto's 2nd round pick (Ivan Huml) in 2000 NHL Draft, October 20, 1999. Traded to Washington by Toronto for Tampa Bay's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Toronto selected Brendan Bell) in 2001 NHL Draft, December 11, 2000.
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