Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the NHL and Hershey Bears of the AHL, announced that the organization has agreed to terms with forward Nikita Kashirsky.
Kashirsky, who was born in Moscow, Russia, played 63 games for the Royals last season — 41 in the regular season and all 22 it took for the Reading to capture the Kelly Cup. That marked the second ECHL championship for Kashirsky, who was a member of the 2009 Kelly Cup champion South Carolina Stingrays.
Kashirsky began last year in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, playing one game with Moscow Spartak. He returned to North America and was signed as a free agent by the Royals on Dec. 27. Kashirsky proceeded to record 44 points (17g-27) in just 41 regular season games.
Kashirsky played all 22 post-season games for the Royals, racking up 20 points (5g-15a), which was third best on the team in playoffs. His 15 assists tied for the league lead in that category.
In 2011-12, Kashirsky led the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL with 49 points (16g-33a) in 64 games. In his two pro seasons prior to that, Kashirsky played primarily with South Carolina, but also logged considerable time in the AHL, playing 39 total games with the Springfield Falcons, Manitoba Moose and Hershey Bears. In 2008-09, Kashirsky completed a stellar four-year collegiate career with Norwich University with a selection as an RBK Hockey First Team All-American. During his time at Norwich, Kashirsky registered 144 points (73g-7a) and 111 penalty minutes in 110 total collegiate games.
Upon completion of his collegiate career, in March of 2009, he joined South Carolina for 13 regular season games (3g-4a) and then proceeded to become a critical member of the Stingrays’ 2009 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship run, racking up 18 points (6g-12a) in the 21 games it took for South Carolina win it all. Over the course of four separate appearances in the ECHL post-season, Kashirsky has recorded 41 total points (13g-28a) in 52 playoff games.