Dmitri Mironov was selected 160th overall by Toronto in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and first joined the Leafs for seven games as a rookie in 1991-92.
The defenceman gave the opposition fits with his size and booming and accurate shot from the point on the powerplay. Under head coach Pat Burns, Mironov was a key cog in the Leafs playoff run to the 1994 Conference Final against Vancouver. That spring, Mironov placed fourth among NHL defencemen with 15 points in the post-season. He led all NHL players with six powerplay goals and he was fourth in assists with the man advantage. The six goals in the 1994 playoffs tied Ian Turnbull's record for most goals in one Leafs' post-season and the 15 points was the third-highest total by a rearguard for one Leafs' playoff run. The Leafs played seven playoff rounds in Mironov's three full seasons with the Leafs from 1992-93 to 1994-95. He compiled nine goals and 12 assists in 38 playoff games for Toronto overall. Mironov's best Leafs' season came in 1993-94 by virtue of his 36 points in the regular season.
Mironov scored 22 goals and added 63 assists in 175 games for the Leafs. He played in 556 career NHL games with Toronto, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Detroit and Washington. Along the way, he recorded 54 goals, 206 assists, 260 points and 568 penalty minutes. Mironov played in seven playoff games for Detroit in 1998 as the Red Wings went on to capture their second consecutive Stanley Cup.
The native of Moscow, Russia represented his country several times. He participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics (gold medal) and the 1998 Winter Olympics (silver medal). He also was a member of Russia's entry at the 1991 Canada Cup Tournament. Mironov's trophy case also holds a bronze medal from the 1991 World Hockey Championships.