Coral Harbour hockey player a champ in first year as pro
Daniel McKitrick was part of the championship-winning Danbury Hat Tricks in the FPHL
In his first year as a professional hockey player, Coral Harbour’s Daniel McKitrick is a champion.
“It was quite a ride,” the 25-year-old forward said in an interview this week.
Originally from Coral Harbour, McKitrick finished his first year in the Federal Prospects Hockey League, an American professional minor league, after several years of playing junior and university-level hockey.
His team, the Danbury Hat Tricks, based in Connecticut, defeated the Carolina Thunderbirds three games to two in the best-of-five series to win the league’s trophy, the Commissioner’s Cup, on May 14.
McKitrick played a pivotal role in the third game, scoring two goals and adding an assist when his team was trailing in the series two games to none and facing elimination.
On his first goal, McKitrick took a pass in the slot in front of the net and roofed the puck. He scored his second goal after receiving a cross-ice pass from his defencemen.
“It was really nice to produce for the team,” McKitrick said.
His first year was a successful one production-wise as well, as he totalled 56 points, including 27 goals, in 54 regular season games. He was the team’s third-leading scorer, and in the playoffs he added six points in 10 games.
McKitrick said he had to adjust to the speed and physicality of pro hockey, but he “got the hang of it” halfway through the season.
His first year also brought his first trade as a pro, when he was was traded from the Mississippi Sea Wolves to the Hat Tricks after 21 games.
The trade gave him the opportunity to play on a Danbury team that was going to compete for the Commissioner’s Cup.
His uncles in Coral Harbour were watching the games, McKitrick said, with other Nunavummiut and Inuit sending him congratulatory messages on Facebook after he won.
After a successful first year, McKitrick, listed on the team website as being five-foot-seven and 155 pounds, said he plans to return to Coral Harbour this summer to train.
Next year, he said he hopes to play in the Southern Professional Hockey League, which is a tier above the Federal Prospects league.
Congratulations Daniel , way to go , keep it up . 👍🏒
Well done, Daniel! I remember the amazing goals you scored as a wee Atom player at a hockey tournament in Baker Lake way back when. The news of your current success is helping me get over the disappointment of the NHL results.
Best wishes for you during next year’s season, as well!
Danbury is a city located in the state of Connecticut, USA, and about 80 Kim’s northeast of New York City (for readers who are wondering).
That’s 80 kms from NYC
Coral Harbour to Danbury 2604 km
Also, $2,604 to fly there.
Wow! Good Deal! Only $2604 🙂
From Kuujjuaq to Montreal round airfair $3147.47. Onboard drinks extra
Congratulations Daniel! All the best to you! Coral Harbour is proud of you! 👍
Congratulations! I wish you all the best!