NAHL alum Tim Kirby named NCAA DI All-American
Air Force senior defenseman Tim Kirby, who is a graduate of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), was named to the USCHO.com All-America second-team, as selected by the U.S. College Hockey Online staff. Kirby was also named to the AHCA/CCM Hockey All-America East second team as selected by the collegiate hockey coaches.
Kirby was the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and a first-team all-league and all-tournament team selection this season. He is tied for third in the nation in goals by a defenseman with 12 and is 19th in the nation in points by a defenseman with 28 (0.72 per game) (12-16-28). He was Air Force’s top scoring defenseman and third overall on the team. The Austin, Minn., native scored in 22 of the 39 games, tied as the most on the team. Twelve of his 16 assists this season were first assists. Kirby led Atlantic Hockey in points by a defenseman in all games (0.72 per game). He played in every game in his career, breaking the Air Force Academy record with 155 consecutive games played. He ranks ninth in school history for points by a defenseman (26-62-88). His 26 career goals are the fifth most in school history among defensemen.
Kirby becomes the fourth player in school history, and the fourth in the last six years, to earn All-America honors. He joins Eric Ehn (2007), Greg Flynn (2009) and Jacques Lamoureux (2009) as All-Americans.
Prior to attending Air Force, Kirby spent two season in the NAHL playing for the Southern Minnesota Express during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. He played in 106 career regular season games in the NAHL and totaled 54 career points.