Bradfield Brewery have been proud Shirt Sponsors of Liam since he joined Sheffield Steelers, after recognising his potential whilst watching him play during his time with Sheffield Steeldogs.
The news of Liam’s drafting to the Coyotes came as no great surprise to us as sponsors, his talent in the game stood out to us from day one and we always enjoyed watching him demonstrate his great skills throughout every game!
We could not be any more proud of what Liam has achieved for his clubs, this city and his country – he has made history for Ice Hockey.
Kirk has been a key player for his country at almost every major international event since the age of 16. He played for Great Britain at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship Division 2, Group A at 16, played in the 2017 World Junior Championship Division 1 Group B tournament at 17, and this season led Great Britain to a gold medal at the 2018 World U18s Division 2, Group A, and a bronze medal at the World Junior Championship Division 2, Group A with a tournament-best 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) at age 18.
Kirk also won a gold medal as the second-youngest player on the Great Britain men’s national team at the 2018 IIHF World Championship Division 1, Group A tournament in April. A 3-2 shootout win against Hungary in the final game of the round-robin tournament secured Great Britain a promotion to the elite level of the World Championship for the first time since 1994.
Now Kirk begins the long road to possibly becoming the first player born and trained in the United Kingdom to play an NHL game.