Mikhail Grabovsky: Hungry For Winning

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Mikhail Grabovsky is a Belarusian professional ice hockey player (center) who is currently a member of the Washington Capitals.

Grabovski was born on January 31, 1984 in Potsdam, East Germany, where his father, Yury, worked in construction. The family returned to their native Belarus (then a Soviet Socialist Republic) when he was three years old. There Mikhail started playing hockey.

He is a trainee of Minsk hockey club Yunost, where he started his professional career. In 2005 and 2006 Grabovsky helped his home club to win the titles of the Belarusian championship, joining Mikhail Zakharov's team in play-offs.

At that time Grabovsky has already played in Russia. As a player of Dinamo Moscow during the IIHF European Champions Cup he showed his best. For just three matches Mikhail managed to score 8 (4+4) points. The club won the championship and Grabovsky was announced the best player.

After that success Mikhail decided to play in NHL. In 2004 he was drafted by Montreal Canadiens. However the career in the North America developed not well. Despite a pretty good play in pre-seasonal matches, Mikhail was sent to AHL.

Grabovski was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 3, 2008, in exchange for the draft rights to Greg Pateryn and a 2010 second-round draft pick.

His 58 points in the 2010-2011 NHL regular season is the highest among Maple Leaf centres since Mats Sundin's 78 points in the 2007-2008 NHL season.

Grabovski signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL on September 25, 2012 in order to play during the NHL lockout.
Following a disappointing 2012-13 season in which he recorded only 9 goals and 16 points in 48 games, Grabovski was unexpectedly placed on waivers and listed to be bought-out by the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 4, 2013.

On 23 August, 2013, Grabovski was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract by the Washington Capitals.

In the interview Mikhail told about the reasons for such a decision.

He said that he was enticed by the sincere willing of Washington to sign the contract. It is of a high importance for a hockey player to know that the club is interested in having you on board - and that is what makes you play better and better day by day.
Moreover, Mikhail really likes the atmosphere of Washington's home matches, that are the best place to play. The team is full of great thinking players that have a wonderful technique and are hungry for winning.

And Mikhail is right to his words - in his first regular season game with the Capitals on October 1, 2013, Grabovski scored a hat-trick in a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Speaking about the international championships, Grabovsky has come through the Belarusian national teams of all age groups. His debut in the main team was in 2004. Since then Grabovsky is a regular and one of the most prominent and useful players of the national team. At 2009 World Championship he helped the team to reach the quarter-final and was announced the best team player of the championship. In that year he also got the title of the best hockey player of Belarus, and after that - in 2011 and 2013.

Mikhail Grabovsky is an essential part of the Belarusian national team. He was inspired by the news that Glen Hanlon returns on the position of the head coach. Mikhail says, that the work with Hanlon was a pleasure and that Hanlon's lessons helped him in the life. Grabovsky sees Hanlon as a huge fan of Belarusian hockey which is one of the most important traits of the coach.

Well when the players and the coach trust and believe in each other - isn't it a reason to hope for great results?

Mikhail Grabovsky's Achievements:

  • 2006 European Champions Cup
  • 2007 Calder Cup
  • Campion of Belarus (2005, 2006)
  • 2008 Belarusian Cup Finalist
  • The Best Hockey Player of Belarus (2009, 2011, 2013)

You can check the statistics here.

Know more about other Belarusian hockey players: Andrei Kostitsyn, Dmitry Meleshko, Ruslan Salei

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