HK Kurbads presents with Krisjanis Redlihs a real hockey legend.

KHL Season 2018-19: HC Slovan Bratislava vs Kunlun Red Star – #23 Krisjanis Redlihs, #63 Patrik Lamper. © Robanser

The now 38-year-old defender is a seasoned defender who has signed contracts with many clubs in Europe and overseas. His long career began the oldest brother of Jekabs and Mikelis, 20 years ago at “Dinamo Riga 81”. From the season 1999-2000 he played for “Metalurg Liepaja” in the domestic league. After three seasons, Krisjanis was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 5th round in 2002 as pick #154. He moved to the United States and played for the “Albany River Rats” in the AHL. The wish of Redlihs to play in the NHL was unfortunately not fulfilled.

After that there were two not very fulfilled years. After his return to Europe in 2007 he played in Switzerland at “Friborg-Gotteron”, “Amur Khabarovsk” from Russia, at the Swedish Top Team Linköping and in the DEL at the Hamburg Freezers. But he did not become happy. Therefore, Redlihs returns to his home country in 2008-09 and was hired by Dinamo Riga for the KHL. Here he found back to his playful strengths and was a total of 10 seasons at Dinamo, reaching five times the play-offs. In the past season he played at the start of the season at HK Kurbads to subsequently accept an offer from the Chinese KHL team, Kunlun Red Star.

For the Latvian national team Krisjanis Redlihs was an indispensable player and a real greatness. He already played for the U18 at a World Cup. For the A team, he was at a total of 9 World Championships and three Olympic Games. Overall, Krisjanis Redlis was 215 times the Latvian team jersey put on, he may be referred to as Latvian ice hockey legend.

Now Redlihs returns, and reunited with his brother Jekabs, they will be real pillars in the Kurbader team.