|5 ft 11 in (0 m)|
128 lb (58 kg)
|AAHL Team||Evansville IceMen|
Pickering, Ontario, Canada
|Pro Career||2009 – present|
Kira Hurley (b. May 16th 1985 in Pickering, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Evansville IceMen of the All American Hockey League. Hurley was born in Toronto, Ontario. Kira is credited with being the first female goalie ever to register a point in a men's professional game.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Kira Hurley played women's ice hockey from 2004 through 2007 for the Clarkson University Golden Knights, a NCAA Division III school, that plays at the Division I level in hockey. Hurley was the first-ever member of the Golden Knights Division I program to be named an All-American when she was named to the second team of the American Hockey Coaches Association all-star squad in March 2006. Hurley has also been an Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League Goaltender of the Year while being selected Goaltender of the Week numerous times. In four years at Clarkson, the five feet ten inches tall Hurley won 48 games and posted an impressive 20 shutouts. She also earned Female Student Athlete of the Year honors at Clarkson and gained league honor roll status.
Following her collegiate career, Hurley signed to play minor league professional hockey with the Mon Valley Thunder of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. However, the league folded before she could be cleared for a work visa. Hurley then signed to play top amateur hockey in Canada for the Marmora Lakers of the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League for the 2008 season. Hurley was 0-5 for the Lakers, with a .768 save percentage, making 156 saves. She made 47 saves in one game, a 7-6 loss to the Simcoe County Tundras. During her last game with the Lakers, she made 36 saves in a 5-4 loss to the Frankford Huskies.
In 2009, Hurley signed to play for the (ironically named) Evansville IceMen, a United States minor league professional team located in Evansville, Indiana that plays in the All American Hockey League. During the 2008-2009 AAHL hockey season, Kira played in two games for a total of 72 minutes, allowing six goals on 35 shots for a 4.99 goals-against average, the best on the team.
Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]
Kira became the first female goalie ever to register a point in a men's professional game when she assisted on a goal on February 14, 2009 against the Chi-Town Shooters. Because of this achievement, Kira is listed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: her goalie stick and game sweater is on permanent display in the minor league section of the Hall.
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