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Avalanche Signs Mironov

The defenseman inked a two-year deal

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the team has signed defenseman Andrei Mironov to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season.

Colorado's fourth-round selection (101st overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft, Mironov has been released from his obligations in Russia, where he has spent the past five years playing for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Mironov recorded 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in 196 contests with the team, and he also contributed 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 54 postseason matches during that time. The squad won the Gagarin Cup in 2012-13, and Mironov played in his first All-Star Game in 2014-15.

Most recently, Mironov managed four points (one goal, three assists) in a campaign that saw him limited to just 18 regular-season games due to injury. He returned in time to help Moscow make it to the KHL's West Conference Semifinals before the club was defeated by SKA Saint Petersburg, the eventual champion.

A native of Moscow, the 22-year-old has represented his homeland in international play as well. Mironov skated in his first IIHF World Championship in 2015, registering one point in nine matches en route to a silver medal. He also competed at two World Junior Championships (2013, 2014), earning bronze medals for his country in both. Mironov put up four points (one goal, three assists) in seven contests at the tournament in 2014, where he also served as an alternate captain, and posted two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games in 2013.

Mironov also participated in the 2012 U18 World Championship, where he recorded one goal in six matches, and the 2012 Subway Super Series, where his Russian junior team defeated all-star squads from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to win the event.

Mironov is currently competing with Team Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

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