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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World Juniors 2019: Canada-Russia set to square off on New Year’s Eve

For some hockey fans, there is no better way to end the year than by watching Team Canada at the World Juniors.This year, Canada will take on Russia on New Year’s Eve at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.The regulation-round game will decide who will finish atop Group A. Both teams are undefeated through their first three regulation-round games with Canada scoring 22 goals — the majority of which came during a dominating 14-0 win over Denmark — while allowing just three goals.Over the years, New Year’s Eve games have become the marquee…

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