Peterborough, ON – Peterborough Petes General Manager Michael Oke announced Wednesday that the team has signed forward Liam Kirk to a standard player agreement.
Kirk, a 6’1”, 160lbs left winger, was selected 8th overall by the Petes in the 2018 CHL Import Draft in June. The Maltby, England native played for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in 2017-18. In 52 games, he recorded 9 goals, 7 assists, and 16 points – the third-highest point total ever in the EIHL by an under-19 player.
Prior to the CHL Import Draft, Kirk was selected in the 7th round, 189th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has since attended Arizona’s Development Camp.
Internationally, Kirk played for Great Britain at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship Division II Group A, in the 2017 World Junior Championship Division I Group B, won gold at the 2018 World Under-18 Division II Group A, and won bronze at the World Junior Championship Division II Group A. He also won gold as the second-youngest player on Great Britain’s men’s national team at the 2018 IIHF World Championship Division I Group A in April.
“I don’t know much about the team, but know they have a great history,” commented Kirk. “I’ve talked to [former Sheffield Steeler] Rob [Wilson], and he talked about his plans and how he thinks I can contribute.”
“The ice size is different, but having played against men the last few years who have played professionally for a long time, I think I’ll be able to adjust to a faster game,” Kirk added. “The OHL is the best junior league in the world, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“We’re pleased that Liam has chosen to continue his development with the Peterborough Petes,” expressed Oke. “We believe that he’ll be able to make an immediate impact with our club, and look forward to his arrival in Peterborough.”
Fans will get their first look at Kirk at the Petes’ 2018 Training Camp in late August. The Petes will play five exhibition games between September 1 and September 16, including two home games on Sunday, September 2 at 2:05pm against the Oshawa Generals and on Thursday, September 13 at 7:05pm against the Kingston Frontenacs.
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