Kirkpatrick is AMI Graphics/ECHL Plus Performer of the Month

Florida Everblades’ forward Michael Kirkpatrick is the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for January after leading the league with a plus-minus rating of +17.

The 26-year-old posted an even or better rating in each of his 11 games during the month, including a +4 on Jan. 20 against Orlando and a +3 on Jan. 27 at South Carolina.

A native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Kirkpatrick leads the ECHL with a +27 rating this season. He ranks third on the Everblades with 42 points (16g-26a) in 41 games.

Kirkpatrick has posted 102 points (45g-57a) in 113 career regular-season games with Florida and Adirondack and added nine points (2g-7a) in 12 games during the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs with the Thunder.

Prior to turning pro, Kirkpatrick recorded 102 points (39g-63a) in 108 career games at St. Francis Xavier University while also tallying 251 points (108g-143a) in 266 career games with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he captured a Memorial Cup title in 2011.

In recognition of his accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Michael Kirkpatrick with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming Everblades’ home game.

Runners Up: Florian Iberer, Reading (+16) and Christian Hilbrich, Wheeling (+15).

Top Plus Performer(s) for Each Club: Adirondack - Conor Riley (+5); Alaska - Stephen Perfetto (+10); Allen - Bryan Moore (+12); Atlanta - Drew Baker and Tyler Murovich (+5); Brampton - David Ling (+1); Cincinnati - Dominic Zombo (+4); Colorado - Luke Salazar (+10); Elmira - Mark Bennett and Greg Betzold (+1); Fort Wayne - Mike Cazzola (+7); Greenville - Tommy Thompson (+7); Indy - Chris Williams (+2); Kalamazoo - Kyle Bushee (+11); Manchester - Zac Lynch (+11); Missouri - Dan Correale (+10); Norfolk - Aaron Harstad (+8); Orlando - Darik Angeli and Alex Gacek (+4); Quad City - Michael Parks (+12); Rapid City - Logan Nelson (+3); South Carolina - Danny Federico (+4); Toledo - Nolan Zajac (+9); Tulsa - Darcy Murphy (+9); Utah - Tim Daly (+9) and Wichita - Ian Lowe (+6).


October                       Tylor Spink, Toledo Walleye

November                   Curtis Leonard, Fort Wayne Komets

December                     David Makowski, Allen Americans