Former Washington Capitals forward Andrei Nikolishin elected president of the Moscow Ice Hockey Federation
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On Thursday, former Washington Capitals forward Andrei Nikolishin was unanimously elected president of the Moscow Hockey Federation (FHM). The appointment was made during the general meeting of the Federation.
Former FHM president Sergei Mendeleev said he was stepping down before the end of his term. Thus, a new election took place among the 23 delegates present and Nikolichine was elected unanimously.
Nikolishin commented on his nomination.
“The position of the President of the Moscow Ice Hockey Federation is honorable, but at the same time it imposes a high responsibility. I understand this and am fully prepared to fulfill all obligations. I hope that together with the team successfully working in the FHM, we will stay the course together, continue to improve Moscow hockey, educate new generations of boys and girls. I want hockey to become the most popular, the most massive, the most demanded and the most successful sport in the capital.
Nikolishin played for the Capitals from 1996-97 to 2001-02. He was acquired from the Hartford Whalers on November 8, 1996, in exchange for Curtis Leschyshyn. The Capitals traded Nikolishin, with Chris Simon, in exchange for Michael Nylander and a third-round pick in 2003, to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 1, 2002.
Nikolishin played 407 games with the Capitals, scoring 58 goals and 113 assists for 174 points. His best years with the Capitals were in 2000-01 and 2001-02 where he had 13 goals and 25 assists in 2000-01 and 13 goals and 23 assists in 2001-02.
Nikolishin was originally drafted by the Whalers in the second round (pick #47) of the 1992 draft. He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks and ended his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003- 04, when the NHL lockout took place. His totals for the NHL included 628 games played, 93 goals and 187 assists for 280 points.
When the NHL lockout took place, Nikolishin continued his career in Russia for seven seasons, first with the Russian Super League and then with the KHL, and captained Traktor Chelyabinsk for his last four. seasons in Russia. He played one last year of professional hockey in 2011-2012 for kyiv in the Ukrainian Hockey League before ending his playing career.
Nikolishin became Chelyabinsk’s head coach for the 2014–15 season and was fired at the start of the 2015–16 season. After that, he finished the 2015-16 season as the head coach of Amur Khaborovsk. He then became a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks beginning in 2016-17 and remained in that role through the 2021-22 season.
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