When Andrei Mironov inked his two-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on May 12, it marked the first time that he would be preparing to play for a non-Russian team.
Since he was 5 years old, Mironov had competed for the Dynamo Moscow organization, beginning with its youth clubs and up through its professional squad in the Kontinental Hockey League. He was on its Minor Hockey League team, HC MVD Balashikha, in the 2011-12 season after he was drafted in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft.
He then made the jump to the professional game the following season and helped Dynamo Moscow win the Gagarin Cup. He appeared in an impressive 40 games as a rookie and tallied five assists in the regular season before adding another helper in the playoffs en route to the club becoming league champions.