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On July 1st, Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski will become a UFA, but that didn’t stop him from signing with a team before the date…in a totally different sport.

Grabovski has signed a contract with the Minsk Ravens, a third-tier soccer club in his homeland of Belarus. He is set to suit up for the team in late July, and it shouldn’t have an impact on his NHL career as it’s likely just a summer workout job.

After being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs following the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season, Grabovski found himself playing in the American capital of Washington this past year. He had 13 goals and 35 points in 55 contests in 2013-14, which saw injury problems get the worst of him, but he would later play at the 2014 World Championships in Minsk to hopefully attract some NHL suitors for the upcoming free agent frenzy. During the tournament, the talented center dazzled the home crowd, producing multiple highlight real moments while posting eight points in six games.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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