Liam Kirk was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Authentic David Perron 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 thats the place Im going. And thats what Im 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 Eagles Richard Rodgers Jersey , Arizonas 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.

Hes a thin kid, needs a lot of physical development, but they said hes 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 NHLs 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 Youth Alejandro Villanueva Jersey , 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 didnt 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, where it was early afternoon when he got picked.

He wants to be here. Hes coming over here to play now, Bernhardt said. Hes played in the mens league. Its hard for him to find a spot to play because hes too good for the juniors. Youre not going to find that kind of skill in the seventh round, so lets go for it and see where we can get it to.


The creator of the innovative football helmet that performed best in NFL testing the last two years is taking its concussion-reducing technology from the playing field to the battlefield.

VICIS, maker of the Zero1 football helmet, is partnering with the U.S. Army to research ways to reduce head injuries in the military through a development grant announced Tuesday.

The Seattle-based company will replace foam pads in existing Army and Marine Corps combat helmets with liner technology developed for its Zero1 football helmet, said VICIS CEO and co-founder Dave Marver.

This aligns with our mission and it allows us to protect those who have signed up to protect us, Marver told The Associated Press. The technology remains in development, but its very promising and were hopeful it will make a big difference in the lives of our servicemen and women.

Todays combat helmets are designed primarily for ballistic protection and shielding from gunfire and shrapnel. But a 2013 Congressional Research Service report showed that four out of every five traumatic brain injuries in the military are caused by blunt impact in training and other non-deployed settings.

The main thing is the current combat helmets are not optimized for blunt impact protection and thats what football helmets are designed to do Matthew Stafford Jersey , protect against blunt impact, Marver said. And so what were doing rather than working to replace the shell of the combat helmet, which is good at ballistic protection, were actually replacing the inner padding, which is currently just foam.

Marver said medical staff at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle first reached out to him in 2016 after hearing about the work his company was doing with the Seattle Seahawks and asked if VICIS could adapt its technology to improve combat helmets.

We founded the company to build a better football helmet, but fundamentally our strength as a company is developing these impact-mitigating structures, Marver said. And the military initiative kind of came about organically because the Army reached out to us to see if we could take this football helmet technology and improve the combat helmet. So, most startup companies you have to stay focused and get your initial product out, but we felt so strongly about the need to better protect warfighters.

Marver assembled a team of engineers to work on the military project, and I would say its going to take a year or two before this would potentially reach warfighters and be deployed.

Introduced last year, the Zero1 is the first football helmet to account for rotational as well as linear impact. Scientific studies have indicated that rotational impact has more correlation with concussions.

Laboratory testing showed that the VICIS Zero 1 models of 2017 and 2018 rate best for player safety. Last month the NFL for the first time banned a number of helmets that were deemed inferior to many of the 34 helmets the NFL and the players union examined.

The Zero1 also ranked first in this years Virginia Tech varsity football helmet ratings.

VICIS has demonstrated great results in their football helmets http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/a … ton-jersey , and we look forward to continuing those types of results with the unique blunt impact requirements of combat helmets, said project manager Benjamin Fasel, a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

In 2017, 75 players on 18 NFL teams used the helmet. About 200 players representing all 32 NFL teams are expected to use the lighter Zero1 this season, as are players from more than 80 colleges and 500 high schools, Marver said.

Several retired military advisers will provide input for VICISs combat helmet initiative, including Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Navy Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff and Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970 but embarked on a 35-year military career instead of playing professional football.

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