Kirkpatrick finished just 6 points behind the award winner Matt Willows of the Florida Everblades in league scoring. Michael led all East Coast Hockey League rookies in goals with 29 which was also good enough to tie him for third in the league for goals. He was second in rookie points with 60.
The CCM Rookie of the Year winner of the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy is voted upon annually by ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members.
In his previous four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University, Kirkpatrick scored 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points in 108 games.
Kirkpatrick was also just named the Sher-Wood ECHL Player of the Week earlier this week.