November 27, 1989 |
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
HC Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Reading Royals (ECHL)
|NHL Draft||98th overall, 2008
Toronto Maple Leafs
Mikhail Stefanovich (born November 27, 1989) is a Belarusian professional ice hockey player currently with HK Gomel of the Belarusian Extraliga. He previously played for the HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
 Playing career
Stefanovich's career started out in his home country of Belarus, spending just over two seasons in Belarus' tier two hockey league — half a season with HC Dinamo-2 Minsk, and just over one and a half seasons with HC Homiel-2. After playing just three games with HC Homiel-2 in the 2006–07 tier two season, HC Homiel of the Belarusian Extraliga called him up. He finished the rest of the season with Homiel and drew a great deal of attention from North American teams.
Following the season with Homiel, Stefanovich was selected 54th overall in the 2007 CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts. Upon arriving in Canada, Stefanovich made the Remparts roster and quickly adjusted to the North American-style of hockey. Halfway through his inaugural QMJHL season, Stefanovich was selected to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game and, following the conclusion of the season, received the Mike Bossy Trophy, which is awarded to the QMJHL player judged to be the best professional prospect.
Scouts have identified that Stefanovich possesses a quick and accurate wrist shot and superb offensive instincts, but is not an overtly physical player, even for someone of his large stature. It is also said that his play is inconsistent and his skating is sub-par, but that he has above-average hockey sense and play-reading ability. Stefanovich's play in the 2008–09 QMJHL season improved and he became a more consistent player. These improvements have been credited, some say, to his pre-season tryout with the Maple Leafs, where he befriended fellow Belarusian Mikhail Grabovski and Russian Nikolai Kulemin. In order to make the team, he realized he needed to improve these negative aspects of his game.
On June 1, 2009, Stefanovich was selected second overall in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft by HC Dinamo Minsk. Two days later, on June 3, he was signed to an entry-level contract by the Maple Leafs. On September 19, 2009, Stefanovich was assigned to the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and shortly after demoted back to junior.
On September 15, 2010, the Maple Leafs announced that Stefanovich would be part of the team's 63-player training camp roster, however, eight days later, the team assigned him to the Toronto Marlies. Stefanovich was named to the Marlies' opening day roster on October 8, but was re-assigned to the Reading Royals on October 14, 2010. On October 18, Stefanovich was recalled to the Marlies. After playing only 2 games with the Marlies, he was again re-assigned to the Royals on November 22, 2010. Stefanovich was loaned out to HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL on November 27, 2010.
 International play
Stefanovich has played in the three World Juniors and has come close to or has led the team in goals every year. He also participated at the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Belarus men's national ice hockey team.
- QMJHL Rookie Player of the Month (September 2007)
- RDS Rookie Excellence Award (QMJHL) (Mid-season) (2007–08)
- Mike Bossy Trophy — 2007–08 (Top QMJHL Professional Prospect)
 Career statistics
 Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||HC Dynamo Minsk||KHL||21||1||0||1||4||4||1||1||2||0|
- Maple Leafs Trim Training Camp Roster - Toronto Maple Leafs - Press Releases
- Kevin Johnston : La «parole» à Stefanovich | Kevin Johnston
- Leafs Make Roster Moves - Toronto Maple Leafs - Press Releases
- IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1.