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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