Kirk is one of five Steelers in GB ranks
ICE HOCKEY: Teenage prospect Liam Kirk has been picked, along with four Sheffield Steelers team-mates, for the Great Britain senior squad to contest next week’s World Championships in Hungary.
The 18-year-old caught the attention of numerous NHL scouts during the second half of the Elite League season and is expected to be picked in the annual NHL Draft this summer.
After a weekend that saw GB prepare for their trip to the Division 1A tournament in Budapest with two warm-up games against Lithuania, Kirk was told that he had made head coach Pete Russell’s final 23man roster and will fly out on Thursday alongside Steelers’ team-mates Jonathan Phillips, Robert Dowd, Ben O’Connor and Davey Phillips.
GB followed up a 3-2 loss in Milton Keynes to Lithuania on Saturday with a 7-2 loss in Coventry last night, with Kirk, Jonathan Phillips, Dowd and O’Connor sitting out as healthy scratches.