Soviet, 21, signs with Caps, will play with Jacks this week

December 12, 1990|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent

LANDOVER -- Center Dimitri Khristich became the youngest player allowed to leave the Soviet Union to play in the National Hockey League when he signed a contract last night to play for the Washington Capitals.

However, Khristich, 21, will be only the third-youngest Soviet to play in the NHL, after Alexander Mogilny of the Buffalo Sabres and Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings.

Mogilny and Fedorov both were 20 when they defected to the United States to play for their NHL teams.

Khristich, considered one of the top young players in the Soviet Union, joins defender Mikhail Tatarinov as Soviets on the Capitals.

Khristich was drafted in the sixth round by Washington in 1988.

Washington general manager David Poile said Khristich would practice tomorrow with the Capitals, then play with the Baltimore Skipjacks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Poile said Khristich then would join the Capitals for Monday night's road game against the New York Rangers.

"I hear Khristich is a top-notch player,and he will be welcome addition" Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said."He should help us up front.

He's coming at good time."

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