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Road Warriors sign two-time Kelly Cup champion


Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Road Warriors, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the signing of two-time Kelly Cup champion Nikita Kashirsky for the 2015-16 season. The veteran center also brings American Hockey League experience to Greenville and has earned at least 40 points in four out of his six professional seasons.

Kashirsky spent last season with the Wichita Thunder and provided a consistent scoring threat, recording 39 points (16g-23a) in 64 games. Previously, the 30-year-old center averaged more than a point-per-game with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Hockey League in 2013-14. Overall, he notched a career-high 50 points (18g-32a) in 44 contests and helped Dundee reach the Gardiner Conference title.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Kashirsky appeared in more than 190 ECHL games in his first four seasons alone, splitting time with South Carolina, Gwinnett and Reading. In 2012-13, he notched 44 points (18g-32a) in 41 regular-season contests and helped Reading capture the 2013 Kelly Cup championship with an additional 20 points (5g-15a) in 22 playoff games. Kashirsky also registered 18 points (6g-12a) in 21 postseason contests with South Carolina in 2009, helping the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup title as a rookie. During the 2011-12 campaign, Kashirsky led Gwinnett’s offense with 49 points and a career-best 33 assists in 64 games.

In addition, the 6’0, 190-pound forward has benefited from nearly 40 games of AHL experience with Springfield, Manitoba and Hershey, in which he tallied eight points (5g-3a). Kashirsky also skated in one contest with the Moscow Spartak of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in 2012-13.

Prior to turning pro, he spent four seasons at Norwich University and recorded 144 points (73g-71a) in 110 career games.