Legendary hockey veteran Aleksey Yashin has joined the KHL side, CSKA Moscow, signing a deal till the end of the current season.
“I’m happy it finally happened,” Yashin told Sportbox.ru. “I missed hockey very much. I watched a couple of CSKA’s games from the stands and felt that some kind of force was driving me to the ice.”
The 37-year-old has already played for the Armymen, collecting four points for CSKA in as many games in 1995/96 season.
“I can’t say that I was very nervous while waiting on the transfer decision. My physical condition is in order. Therefore, I was more than confident that the medical examination results would be positive. We just needed time to resolve all the issues with the signing of the contract,” he added.
Yashin has become the first-ever Russian to become the captain of an NHL club, taking the honor in both Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.
He returned to his home league – the KHL – in 2007 after ten years in American hockey and played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and SKA Saint Petersburg.