The Arizona Coyotes selected Liam Kirk in the 7th round of the NHL Draft on Saturday, making him the first player born and trained in England to be taken in the draft.
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The 18-year-old left wing, who played last season for the Sheffield Steelers in the United Kingdom, was selected with the team's final pick at No. 189.
Kirk didn't attend the draft in Dallas, but said he would be watching it at home about 4,600 miles away.
“I’m confident I’ve shown my abilities throughout the year and I’m confident I had a good Combine," Kirk said prior to the draft, via the York Shire Post. "A lot can happen on draft day, but it’s more about what you do after the draft."
He also became the first-ever British player to complete the NHL Combine in Buffalo last month.
Kirk had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) for Sheffield this season, the most points by an under-18 player in Elite Ice Hockey League history.