Kirk is one of five Steel­ers in GB ranks

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

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.

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