Great Britain forward Liam Kirk has signed an three-year entry-level contract with NHL side Arizona Coyotes.
Kirk, who was selected in the seventh round of the NHL Draft back in 2018, made a spectacular impact at this year’s World Championship in Latvia.
The 21-year-old scored seven goals in seven games at the tournament in Riga and finished as the joint-leading goalscorer.
A tweet by the agent Dan Milstein read: “Liam Kirk of Great Britain agrees to terms on the three-year NHL entry-level deal with Arizona Coyotes.”
Rotherham-born Kirk is a product of the Sheffield junior system and made his Steelers debut at the age of 16.
He signed for OHL side Peterborough Petes in 2018 where he spent two seasons and scored over 100 points, before the pandemic denied him a third year in one of the top junior leagues in North America.
He came through the GB junior programme and has won medals at all levels, starting with a gold with GB Under-18s in 2018.
Kirk won bronze with GB U20s in the same season and added a gold medal with the men’s team in Budapest, as part of the historic promotion-winning team to the elite level.
In 2019, he won another bronze with the under-20s as he led the team in goals, assists and points for a second successive season, while also being part of the GB team that avoided relegation from the World Championship top flight with a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over France in their final game.
Kirk is spending today talking with the next generation of GB ice hockey players as part of a three-day junior camp at Ice Sheffield.
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