Ice hockey player
| January 28, 1976 (age 39)
Glace Bay, NS, CAN (1976-01-28) |
Philadelphia Phantoms, Kassel Huskies, Iserlohn Roosters, EC KAC
Kirk Furey Wikipedia
Kirk Furey (born January 28, 1976 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian retired ice hockey defenceman who is currently coaching in the youth ranks of EC KAC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He has previously played in the American Hockey League with the Philadelphia Phantoms.
After three years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Platers, Furey played a year with the Cape Breton Islander's of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League before attending Acadia University where he starred with the Acadia Axemen. In his rookie year at Acadia in 1997-98, the Axemen reached the national final, only to lose to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. In 2001, Furey helped Team Canada win silver at the 2001 Winter Universiade in Zakopane, Poland.
Furey turned pro in 2001 and spent the next three seasons dividing his time between the ECHL's Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. In 2003, he helped the Boardwalk Bullies capture the Kelly Cup as ECHL champions. The Bullies defeated the Columbia Inferno in five games in the best-of-seven final. Furey finished tied for second in playoff scoring among defencemen with a goal and 10 assists. His 10 assists were the most by a defenseman.
In 2004, Furey's hockey career took him to Europe. He played for the Kassel Huskies of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany and later the Iserlohn Roosters from 2005 to 2007. He played the last eight years of his career at EC KAC of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL), winning the Austrian championship in 2009 and 2013. He called it a career after the 2014-15 season.
After retiring in 2015, Furey remained with EC KAC and was named assistant coach of the team. He joined the coaching staff of the club's youth ranks in April 2016.