Friday, May 13, 2016

Kirkpatrick's First Pro Season Closes

Michael Kirkpatrick’s first season of professional hockey came to a close on Wednesday – but what a season it was.

Kirkpatrick helped the Adirondack Thunder – the East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames – reach the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they fell in seven games to the South Carolina Stingrays. Wednesday's Game 7 went to double-overtime.

Kirkpatrick finished fourth in ECHL playoff rookie scoring, posting two goals and seven assists in 12 games. His nine points were good for third in team scoring.

In the regular season, Kirkpatrick finished second in ECHL rookie scoring with 29 goals and 31 assists in 72 games. His 29 goals led all rookies and his 250 shots led the entire league. The North Sydney native was the runner-up for the ECHL’s rookie of the year award.

The 26-year-old spent the previous four seasons with the StFX X-Men. Prior to that, he played with the Sea Dogs from 2007-11.

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