NHL Draft: Britain's Liam Kirk drafted by Arizona Coyotes in round seven

Last Updated June 24 2018, 10:54Other Sports
Liam Kirk was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes
Liam Kirk was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes picked up British youngster Liam Kirk in 189th spot during Saturday's NHL Draft in Dallas.

The teenager from Rotherham was picked in the seventh round and will begin his dream of competing in the NHL.

And he admits he was lost for words as he heads into the next exciting stage of his career.

"I don’t have any words for [being drafted], I’m just very excited and really emotional," he said.

"I’ve been waiting for it and when it finally happened it was an amazing feeling."

Writing on his Twitter page, Kirk added: "A dream come true! Huge honour to be drafted to the @ArizonaCoyotes organisation.

"Massive thanks to my friends, coaches and especially my family. Also for the support from the British fans leading up to and after the draft. Thank you to everyone for the kind messages."

Kirk has spent the last two seasons with Sheffield Steelers, and he becomes the first Brit born and trained in England to be drafted by an NHL side.

The forward joins Tony Hand and Colin Shields in being the third Great British player to be drafted.

He also enjoyed a great season playing for the national side, winning two gold medals with the Under 20’s and full senior men’s sides.

Now he’ll embark on rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s top players as he looks to cement a place in the league, known as “The Show.”


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