Mikhail Grabovski

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Mikhail Grabovski
Mikhail Grabovski.jpg
Born (1984-01-31) January 31, 1984 (age 30)
Potsdam, East Germany
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Neftekhimik
Dynamo Moscow
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
CSKA Moscow
Washington Capitals
National team  Belarus
NHL Draft 150th overall, 2004
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2003 3000–present

Michail Jurjevič Hraboŭski (Belarusian: Міхаіл Юр'евiч Грабоўскі; born January 31, 1984), better known as Mikhail Grabovski (Russian: Михаил Грабовский),[1] is a professional ice hockey player currently with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Early life[edit]

Grabovski was born 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.

Playing career[edit]

Grabovski was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens 150th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played his first NHL game with Montreal on January 6, 2007, against the New York Rangers. He played three games in the NHL before being sent back down to Montreal's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Grabovski helped the Hamilton Bulldogs win the AHL Calder Cup Championship in 2006-07 season.

Grabovski was called up to play in some games with the Canadiens during the 2007–08 season. He did not see much playing time because he was low on the depth chart of a team that won the Eastern Conference points race. Grabovski recorded his first NHL assist on October 20, 2007, against the Buffalo Sabres and his first goal two days later against the Boston Bruins.

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.

As a 25-year-old, Grabovski went on to finish his first full season in Toronto with 20 goals and 48 points leading all NHL Eastern Conference rookies in scoring.

The Toronto Maple Leafs rewarded Grabovski for his rookie season performance by re-signing him to a three-year contract worth a total of $8.7 million. This contract represented an average annual cap hit of $2.9 million.[2]

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.

On March 6, 2012 the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed Grabovski to a five-year contract worth a total of $27.5 million. The contract represents an average annual cap hit of $5.5 million.[3]

Grabovski signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL on September 25, 2012 in order to play during the NHL lockout.[4]

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.[5]

On 23 August 2013, Grabovski was signed as a free agent to a one-year contract by the Washington Capitals.[6] 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.[7] Grabovski completed the 2013–14 season, with a respectable 35 points in 58 games as the Capitals failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

On July 2, 2014, Grabovski left the Capitals as a free agent and signed a four-year $20 million contract with the New York Islanders.[8]

Controversies[edit]

In March, 2008, after being a healthy scratch for a game against the Phoenix Coyotes, Grabovski left the Montreal Canadiens and flew to Los Angeles to consult with his agent. The incident prompted his trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs that summer.[9]

In January 2009, Grabovski was involved a scuffle with fellow Belarusian Sergei Kostitsyn during a game between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. The two had been in a feud since Grabovski’s days with the Canadiens. Prior to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the head of the Belarusian national hockey program had to intervene in order for the two players to be able to coexist on the same team.[9]

On February 19, 2010, Grabovski was arrested in Vancouver after getting involved in a street scuffle. He was out of the Maple Leafs lineup with a broken wrist at the time of the arrest and was in Vancouver attending the 2010 Winter Olympics. Court documents alleged that Dylan Richardson was punched in the face and knocked unconscious by Grabovski, who then assaulted Richardson's wife by also punching her in the face.[10]

On February 9, 2013, Grabovski was accused of biting Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens during a scrum along the boards. The NHL conducted a telephone hearing with the players involved, but couldn’t determine conclusively if Grabovski had bitten Pacioretty.[11] However, on May 20, 2013, more than three months later, Grabovski admitted that he did in fact bite Pacioretty, stating in an interview "He was choking me and I bit him. Don’t stick your hands where you shouldn’t."[12]

On July 3, 2013, after learning that his contract was being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Grabovski was very critical of Toronto coach Randy Carlyle in an expletive-filled interview with TSN. "I play in the fucking Russian KHL, I make lots of fucking points and what’s going to happen? He make me fucking play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again", said Grabovski. "I don’t feel any support from this fucking idiot."[13]

International play[edit]

Mikhaïl Grabovski.JPG
Grabovski with Team Belarus
Medal record
Competitor for  Belarus
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
Gold 2004 Norway Division I Group A
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Gold 2004 France Division I Group B

He has represented Belarus in international play. He scored four goals and was the first star in one game (against tournament hosts Austria) in the 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Grabovski was selected to play for his country in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.[14] However, he did not play due to injury.[15] He did, however, participate at the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Belarus National men's ice hockey team.[16] Grabovski was named captain of Team Belarus on the eve of 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.[17] Grabovski played in seven events for team Belarus.

Personal[edit]

Grabovski and his wife, Kate Van Alstyne had their first child, a daughter named Leeliah on December 30, 2010.[18] He missed the Leafs' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets that night to be present at the birth. They had their second child, a son named Jaeger, on December 6, 2011.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Neftekhimik RSL 45 6 11 17 26 5 0 0 0 4
2004–05 Neftekhimik RSL 60 16 20 36 32 3 2 0 2 2
2005–06 Dynamo Moscow RSL 48 10 18 28 28 4 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 66 17 37 54 34 20 4 7 11 21
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 12 8 12 20 6
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 24 3 6 9 8
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 20 28 48 92
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 10 25 35 10
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 29 29 58 60
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 23 28 51 51
2012–13 CSKA Moscow KHL 29 12 12 24 10
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 9 7 16 24 7 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 58 13 22 35 26
RSL totals 153 32 49 81 86 12 2 0 2 10
NHL totals 425 107 145 252 271 7 0 2 2 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Belarus WJC 11th 5 4 5 9 0
2004 Belarus WC 18th 5 2 1 3 8
2005 Belarus WC 10th 6 4 1 5 2
2006 Belarus WC 6th 7 5 4 9 2
2008 Belarus WC 9th 5 0 3 3 0
2010 Belarus WC 10th 6 0 3 3 6
2011 Belarus WC 14th 6 2 2 4 2
2012 Belarus WC 14th 7 1 3 4 4
2014 Belarus WC 7th 6 4 4 8 0
Junior totals 5 4 5 9 0
Senior totals 48 18 21 39 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thescore.com/home/articles/241621-cash-grabo
  2. ^ "Maple Leafs re-sign Grabovski to three-year, $8.7M deal". Tsn.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Maple Leafs re-sign Grabovski to five-year, $27.5M deal". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Leafs' Grabovski signs with CSKA". Toronto Sun. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Mikhail Grabovski to be bought-out". MapleLeafHotStove.com. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Capitals sign Grabovski to one-year $3 million deal". The Sports Network. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  7. ^ "Capitals lose high scoring game to Blackhawks". Washington Capitals. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Islanders agree to terms with Grabovski". New York Islanders. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  9. ^ a b Zwolinski , Mark (February 10, 2012). "Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski attributes trade from Habs to inexperience". The Toronto Star. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Leafs' Grabovski sued by couple who claim assault during Olympics". The Globe and Mail. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Mikhail Grabovski won’t be suspended for allegedly biting Canadiens’ Pacioretty". Toronto Star. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  12. ^ "Mikhail Grabovski on biting Max Pacioretty; his disappointing Leafs postseason; losing Game 7". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  13. ^ Traikos, Michael (July 4, 2013). "Mikhail Grabovski rips Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle after buyout". The National Post. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ Longley, Rob. "Grabovski grabs Oly. spot". Canaoe.ca. Retrieved Dec 23, 2009. 
  15. ^ Terry Koshan. "Leafs' Olympians get the itch | Hockey | Sports". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  16. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 
  17. ^ "Grabovski named captain of Belarus at world championship". Tsn.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  18. ^ Hornby, Lance (2010-12-30). "Baby first for Grabovski". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  19. ^ Siegel, Jonas (December 11, 2011). "Siegel: Change coming to ailing Leafs penalty kill". TSN. 

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