Mooseheads broadcaster John Moore has confirmed what was announced at the Sea Dogs alumni game: Michael Kirkpatrick is going pro.
Michael Kirkpatrick signs 1 yr 2 way contract with Stockton Heat (Calgary/AHL.) @SJSeadogs @STFXAthletics— John Moore (@rinkrant) August 22, 2015
The Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, begin their first season this fall. They are part of the AHL’s new Pacific Division in California.
Kirkpatrick has spent the past four seasons playing with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. In 108 career Atlantic University Sport regular season games, the North Sydney native registered 39 goals and 63 assists, averaging just under a point per game. He added five goals and five assists 14 career playoff games.
The X-Men hosted the CIS University Cup in Halifax this past March but were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The 25-year old was a second round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons with Saint John, helping the team win two regular season titles along with a President Cup and Memorial Cup.
According to Elite Prospects, Kirkpatrick is the Sea Dogs’ franchise leader in goals with 108 and second in points with 251 in 266 games.