Last week, the Stampeders were fortunate to be able to add another local product to their roster. When Lane Kirk was reassigned from the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders to the Stampeders, there was excitement not just to add another local player to the roster, but to be able to add a player that is able to step into the lineup and make a difference immediately.
Born in Brandon, Lane calls Swan River home. Moving here with his family at the age of 7, Lane played the majority of his minor hockey for Swan River and Parkland AAA.
After starting the season in Prince Albert last year, Lane returned to the Stampeders and played in 50 games as a 16 year old, recording 15 assists. Like most hockey players, Lane wants to play at the highest level possible. While being returned to the Stampeders for this season might not have been his ideal plan, the opportunity to come and play at home in front of friends and family and be given much more responsibility on the ice, is something he is thankful for.
After being eased back into things, in his first game back against Dauphin, Lane was able to log some big minutes in the Stampeders 1st win on Sunday against Waywayseecappo. I am fairly confident it will be a game he will remember for quite some time. After failing to find the back of the net in 50 games last year, Lane was able to bury his 1st MJHL goal in only his second game of the year.
Come on out to the home opener on Wednesday evening and show your support for your local boys and the rest of your 17-18 Swan Valley Stampeders.