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Liam Kirk was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Jerome Baker Color Rush Jersey , about 4,600 miles away from Dallas, on Saturday when he became the first player born and trained in England to be selected in the NHL draft.

Early in the seventh and final round of the draft, the Arizona Coyotes took the 18-year-old Kirk with the 189th overall pick .

”To finally see my name on the board was just incredible,” Kirk said by phone from England. ”And to get a call from the GM was even better, just to know that’s the place I’m going. And that’s what I’m aiming to be, and to play my NHL career.”

The 6-foot, 161-pound Kirk played this season for Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League, the highest level of competition in the United Kingdom, and for a team where the average age is 28. He had nine goals and seven assists in 52 games for the Steelers in his second season with the team.

Even though cricket and soccer are much more popular sports in England, Kirk already was dreaming about playing for Sheffield when he was only about 6 years old and going to Steelers games with his parents and older brother. He started to learn about the NHL within a couple of years.

Tim Bernhardt, Arizona’s director of amateur scouting, said NHL Central Scouting identified Kirk. The Coyotes then sent one of their scouts in Europe to see him, and more followed.

”He’s a thin kid, needs a lot of physical development, but they said he’s got a good idea of the game, and his natural skills were very good,” Bernhardt said.

Born in Rotherham, Kirk this year became the first player born and trained in England to attend the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine in Buffalo. Now he is the first to be drafted, and he wants to be the first to play in the NHL.

”I just want to prove myself, and prove I can play,” said Kirk, who will soon move to North America to start playing here.

The Coyotes were among the teams that met with Kirk at the combine, and he knew there was a chance that they would take him. But he didn’t know for sure while watching the draft with his family.

His name finally got called Saturday night in England, six hours ahead of Dallas time Authentic Thomas Vanek Jersey , where it was early afternoon when he got picked.

”He wants to be here. He’s coming over here to play now,” Bernhardt said. ”He’s played in the men’s league. It’s hard for him to find a spot to play because he’s too good for the juniors. … You’re not going to find that kind of skill in the seventh round, so let’s go for it and see where we can get it to.”



A look at the players to be inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame:

LARRY WAYNE "CHIPPER" JONES JR.: Born April 24, 1972 in Deland, Florida. ... 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, batted both, threw right. ... elected in first year of eligibility with 97.2 percent (410 of 422) of the vote. ... drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1990 MLB amateur draft out of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. ... in 19 seasons with the Braves had 2,726 hits, 1,055 for extra bases, and batted .303 with 468 home runs, 1,623 RBIs and 150 stolen bases. ... eight-time All-Star third baseman. ... was a force for most of the Atlanta teams that won 14 straight division titles and one World Series. ... in 1999 hit 45 homers and 41 doubles, drove in 126 runs, scored 116 times, drew 126 walks, and stole 20 bases to win NL MVP Award. ... won NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen in 1999-2000. ... in 2006 had an extra-base hit in 14 straight games to tie the MLB record set in 1927 by Pittsburgh's Paul Waner. ... led MLB in hitting in 2008 with .364 average. ... only switch-hitter in MLB history with career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more homers.

JAMES HOWARD THOME: Born Aug. 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois. ... 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, batted left, threw right. ... elected in first year of eligibility, one of only 54 players to do so Chris Herndon Color Rush Jersey , receiving 89.8 percent of the ballots. ... selected by the Cleveland Indians out of Illinois Central College in the 13th round of the 1989 amateur draft. ... batted .276, played in 2,543 games and had 2,328 hits, 1,583 runs, 612 home runs and 1,699 RBIs in 22 seasons with the Indians, White Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Twins and Orioles. ... played first base, third base and designated hitter ... had a record 13 walk-off homers and hit 40 or more home runs six times. ... five-time All-Star. ... best season was 2002 in Cleveland when he hit a career-high 52 home runs with 118 RBIs and led AL in walks (122), slugging percentage (.677) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.122), and batted .304 with an on-base percentage of .445. ... hit 17 homers in the postseason.

VLADIMIR ALVINO GUERRERO: Born Feb. 9, 1975, in Don Gregorio, Dominican Republic. ... 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, batted right and threw right. .. earned votes on 92.9 percent of all BBWAA ballots cast in his second year of eligibility. ... batted .318 with 2,590 hits, 449 home runs, 1,496 RBIs and .553 slugging percentage in 16 seasons for the Expos, Angels Adidas Leon Draisaitl Jersey , Rangers and Orioles. ... nine-time All-Star. ... had 39 doubles, 39 homers, 124 runs and 126 RBIs to win 2004 AL MVP Award. ... eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner. ... hit .300 or higher 13 times, drove in 100 or more runs 10 times, and connected for at least 30 homers eight times. ... notorious free-swinging, bad-ball hitter who slammed 126 first-pitch homers and struck out just 985 times. ... strong-armed outfielder who had 14 seasons of double-digit assists and 14 seasons of at least 10 errors and finished career with 126 assists and 125 errors. ... spent six seasons with the Angels after eight years in Montreal and will be first player inducted with an Angels logo on his Hall plaque.

TREVOR WILLIAM HOFFMAN: Born Oct. 13, 1967 in Bellflower, California. ... 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... received 79.9 percent of the Hall of Fame vote after missing by only five votes last year. ... drafted by the Cincinnati Reds on the 11th round of the 1989 MLB amateur draft. ... was a minor league infielder for three seasons before becoming a relief pitcher. ... in 18 years mainly with the San Diego Padres appeared in 1,035 games, posting a 61-75 record and registering 601 saves, second all-time to Mariano Rivera's 652. ... sixth pitcher who served mostly as a reliever to make the Hall of Fame. ... in 1,089.1 innings pitched allowed 846 hits, 378 runs, struck out 1,133 and had a career ERA of 2.87.

JOHN SCOTT MORRIS: Born: May 16, 1955, in St. Paul, Minnesota. ... 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... elected last December by a veterans committee. ... drafted by the Detroit Tigers on the fifth round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft out of Brigham Young University. ... in 18 years with Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland pitched 3,824 innings and posted a 254-186 record with 2 Joseph Noteboom Jersey Rams ,478 strikeouts. ... had 175 complete games and a career ERA of 3.90, the highest of any pitcher in the Hall of Fame. ... five-time All-Star. ... played on four World Series champions, Detroit (1984), Minnesota (1991), and Toronto (1992-93). ... one of six players in MLB history to win consecutive World Series titles on different teams. ... was 7-4 with five complete games in 13 postseason starts. ... went 4-2 with an ERA of 2.96 in six World Series starts, completing three. ... started the most games (332), pitched the most innings (2,443.2), and had the most wins (162) of any pitcher in the 1980s. ... retired after the 1994 season and appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2000. ... has worked as a broadcaster for the Blue Jays, Twins, and Tigers since retiring.

ALAN STUART TRAMMELL: Born Feb. 21, 1958 in Garden Grove, California. ... 6 foot, 165 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... elected last December by a veterans committee. ... drafted by the Detroit Tigers on the second round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft. ... consistent all-around producer at shortstop from 1977-96, playing in 2,293 games for the Tigers. ... had 2,365 hits, 185 homers, 1,003 RBIs, 1,231 runs, and 236 stolen bases. ... six-time All-Star. ... earned four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards. ... hit two home runs in one game and batted .450 to win MVP honors in Detroit's five-game triumph over the San Diego Padres in 1984 World Series. ... in 1987 finished second in AL MVP voting after hitting .343 with 28 homers and 105 RBIs while batting cleanup. ... seven-time .300 hitter with a .285 career batting average. .

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