Player Profile: Dima Mironov
Mironov was born and raised in Moscow, where he began playing hockey at an early age. He was inspired by heroes like Tetriak and Federov. During his childhood, he would get up early to watch IHA broadcasts. He also attended RKHL games frequently, as his father was friends with some of the management of the Moscow team. His father had mining and oil interests, and Mironov’s mother was from a wealthy family that had close Soviet ties.
Mironov was selected fourth overall by the New Jersey Lions. He spent one year with the team, before being traded to the Washington Stars. He has played three seasons with the Stars.
Mironov is noted for his hard and heavy shot, earning him the nickname “AK-47” after the Russian-designed rifle. Mironov has shown solid play during his four seasons in the IHA, but continues to struggle with streaky play, often going long stretches without scoring any points. His contract expires in the summer and it is likely he will be traded or sign with a new team.
Mironov is considered an elite player in Russia and, prior to coming to the IHA, was scouted by several RKHL teams. He played for Russia in three U-18 tournaments, two U-20 tournaments, and was selected to both the Olympic team and the World Championship team.
The Mironov family is considerably wealthy. Dimitry attended several private schools, but was noted for being a trouble-maker. His younger sister, Katerina (Katya), is a successful model and has appeared on many Russian magazine covers and TV shows. Internationally, she has walked catwalks in Milan and Paris, as well as New York. In addition to hockey, Mironov joined his sister on the catwalk for Gucci and Hugo Boss, in addition to others, before being drafted into the IHA.