My biggest concern prior to the championship game was how to say the last name of the netminder for the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks — a kid named Connor something. Well, I learned very quickly how to pronounce his last name, as Connor Hellebuyck led the Riverhawks to the school’s first-ever Hockey East title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Fast forward to Jan. 2, 2016.
Article content continued In reality, it’s the body of work that Hellebuyck put forth that earned him the league’s top netminder title, one he finished runner-up to only two seasons prior. But if the Winnipeg Jets were going to be competitive during their most recent campaign, one thing was for certain: they needed Hellebuyck to play like a Vezina winner. He did.
A week ago Mikhail Berdin’s KHL rights were traded and today Jets PR confirmed his loan to SKA Saint Petersburg. In the official release from SKA last week there was some ambiguity as they indicated it would run the full season: “The goaltender, who has recently returned from North America, will shortly sign a contract with SKA which will run until the end of the 2020/2021 season.