The Philadelphia Wings acquired goalie Evan Kirk from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for two future first-round draft picks. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)
The Minnesota Swarm and Philadelphia Wings have announced a trade with Minnesota sending goaltender Evan Kirk to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's first-round selection in the 2015 Entry Draft and their first-round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.
The 26-year-old Kirk has posted a 7-7 career record and 12.08 goals against average along with a .771 save percentage in his two seasons with the Swarm from 2012 to 2013. Minnesota selected the Hobart College graduate in the first-round (6th overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. As a rookie, Kirk led the league in both goals against average (9.81) and save percentage (.807) while earning NLL All-Rookie Team honors. In 2013, Kirk finished the regular season with a 3-3 record in nine appearances and posted a .735 SV% and 14.47 GAA.
“We really appreciate what Evan brought to the Swarm during his two seasons on the team. He was great both on and off the field and he will be missed,” said Swarm owner and governor John Arlotta. “We could not have done this without the experience that Tyler Carlson has now accumulated along with the development that Zach Higgins has shown in the offseason. Although this was a difficult decision, we feel we had three goalies who can play in the NLL, and this gives all of them a chance to do so, while at the same time continuing to position us to build a team that can sustain excellence over a long period of time.”
The Orangeville, Ontario native will add depth between the pipes for the Wings along with veteran goalie Brandon Miller. The addition of Kirk to the roster will help fill a void in the Philadelphia defense and will provide more strength in goal for the league's storied franchise.