NHL player and FCBEscola dad, Mikhail Grabovski, drops in on Barça ice hockey team
The 34-year-old center, who has played in over 500 NHL games, was at Barça along with his son for the FCBEscola International Tournament
Mikhail Grabovski, a 10-year NHL veteran whose oldest son plays at the FCBEscola in Toronto, accompanied the Barça Academy team to this spring’s FCBEscola International Tournament and took the time out to pay a visit to the FC Barcelona ice hockey team.
“We watch a lot of soccer right now,” he said. “We like Messi and Suárez, and that’s why [my son] picked Barcelona. That’s why we are here.”
When Grabovski arrived at the Tournament, however, he didn’t even know Barça had an ice hockey team.
“For me, it was a little bit of a surprise,” he said. “But, I know that Spanish people, Catalonian people, like sports, like basketball, handball and soccer.”
Grabovski — who has played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals, the New York Islanders, and the Vegas Golden Knights — was born in Potsdam, Germany and grew up in Belarus, and is a big fan of football, with Barça being among his favorite teams.
“Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world,” he said. “And for me, when I grew up, it was one of my favorite teams.”
After the Tournament, Grabovski dropped in on the Barça ice hockey team and was given his own, personalized Barça hockey jersey.