Performance merited Q’s monthly honour
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