A third-time Olympian, Skrastins represented Latvia at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. His Olympic background dates back to 1992-1993 where he took part in the Olympic Qualifying for the 1994 Olympics; Latvia however, did not advance.
Skrastins is no stranger to playing for his country at the international level -- he has represented Latvia at the World Championships in the C pool (1993), B pool (1994, 1995 and 1996) and A pool (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) for a total of 10 appearances.
He was Latvia’s leading scorer with six points (3-3-6) in six games at the 2003 World Championship and ranked second among all defensemen with three goals at the 2001 World Championship.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres