Per­for­mance mer­ited Q’s monthly hon­our

Cape Breton Post - - Comment -

It’s ap­par­ent that North Syd­ney’s Michael Kirk­patrick is find­ing it hard to get the recog­ni­tion he de­serves. He was over­looked for the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League’s of­fen­sive player of the month for Jan­uary de­spite reg­is­ter­ing nine goals and 10 as­sists in 10 games for the month and fin­ish­ing Jan­uary with a plus-8 rat­ing.

He leads the league with the best face-off per­cent­age (59.9) and has moved into a tie for fifth place in scor­ing for the league.

Michael is a mem­ber of the tal­ented Saint John Sea Dogs and has posted 60 points in the last 39 games af­ter start­ing the sea­son with just nine points over the first 13. Get­ting used to a new coach­ing staff and the loss of long-time team­mates Chris Didomenico and Ryan Spar­ling was a chal­lenge but Mike has risen to the oc­ca­sion.

He was se­lected to play in the 2009 Canada-Rus­sia Sub­way Su­per Se­ries as a mem­ber of Team Que­bec and had one goal in the game. He was also in­vited to the rookie camp for the Min­nesota Wild and all in­di­ca­tions are that his of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive abil­i­ties im­pressed the team.

This year has proven to be his most pro­duc­tive to date, even with a Rookie of the Year and team MVP ti­tles al­ready un­der his belt. But, know­ing Mike, he is hap­pi­est just do­ing his part to help in his team’s suc­cess. Steve Clarke North Syd­ney

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