Mikhail ‘Birdman’ Berdin fled the coop to pursue NHL dream in North America

Winnipeg Jets draft pick Mikhail Berdin is still just 21 years old, but the young goaltender has already put on a lot of miles to get the American Hockey League.His Manitoba Moose teammates call him the “Birdman,” and it’s a fitting nickname for the Russian-born goalie who left the nest when he was barely a teen, moving from Ufa to just outside Moscow — over a thousand kilometres away.Story continues below“I’m not the first goalie probably on my team in Ufa,” Berdin said. “They say they doesn’t need me, and…

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Former Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec retires

Former Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is hanging up the pads for good.Pavelec announced his retirement on Thursday. He was an unrestricted free agent after playing for the New York Rangers last season.In a statement released by his agent Allan Walsh, Pavelec thanked the Jets, his teammates and the “amazing fans” in Winnipeg and New York.Longtime client Ondrej Pavelec announced his retirement earlier today. His statement – pic.twitter.com/gtVScciNtc— Allan Walsh (@walsha) September 20, 2018RELATED: Winnipeg Jets to dress youth laden lineup for 2nd exhibition contestPavelec is just 31, but hauled in…

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