Coach Kananovich began playing as a 9-year-old in his native country of Belarus. He was the captain of his JV team from 5th grade on, and also was captain of his high school team. He was selected to the junior national team at the age of 15. While a freshman at the University of Physical Education in Minsk, he was asked to join the national team, playing at that level for seven years. During his tenure with the national team, he played in the Russian National Championships, as well as the European Championships. Coach Kananovich moved to the United States to study. While pursuing his studies, he also officiated at the collegiate and high school levels in New York. He is also a FINA-qualified referee.