Even on the ice, where Kilgore is among the top scorers for the Metro Jets, he’s always chatting it up with teammates. In the locker room, he helps keep the players loose and laid-back.
“When we saw him play last season (for Pinckney High School), we knew he had a tremendous skill set and was an all-around good-natured kid,” said Metro GM Butch Wolfe. “Those are the types of kids we want here.”
The Jets drafted the 18-year-old Kilgore in May’s Central States Hockey League draft and he played well at the team’s summer skates and camps. Now, he’s playing on one of the top two lines for the Jets and when he’s not scoring goals (he has five, tied for second on the team), he’s setting up his linemates. Kilgore has seven assists, good for second on the team.
“Tommy has been one of our most consistent players night in and night out,” added Wolfe. “He just goes out there and competes each and every shift. His enthusiasm and work ethic is rubbing off on other guys. Kilgore doesn’t have a letter on his jersey, but he is definitely a leader for us.”
Kilgore is also one of two Pinckney natives on the roster, along with fellow forward Tommy Burns.
Metro played just one game last weekend, a 7-2 win at home over the Battle Creek Jr. Revolution.
Mike Moroso (Macomb , Mich.) and Matt Stirling (Dexter , Mich.) each had two goals and an assist, Burns scored twice, and Brett Grech (Hartland , Mich.) recorded a goal and two assists in the victory, the Jets’ fourth in a row.
Eric Trunick (Commerce Township , Mich.) finished with 32 saves between the pipes to get the Jets back to the .500 mark (5-5-0-0).
Jordan Sabatino and Adam Hammond scored for Battle Creek , while Ruben Medrano stopped 33 shots in a losing effort.
Metro scored two power-play goals (Burns and Stirling) and two shorthanded goals (Grech and Moroso 40 seconds apart late in the third period).
This weekend, the Jets head to Ice Mountain Arenas in Burton, Mich., for the annual CSHL Showcase. Metro will play the host Michigan Mountain Cats on Friday (11:00 a.m.) and Sunday (4:00 p.m.) and the Peoria Mustangs on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) and Monday (12:30 p.m.).
The Jets acquired defenseman Austin Shipaila (Wyoming , Mich.) from Pittsburgh last Saturday for future considerations. Shipaila, who turns 18 on Nov. 21, had one assist in seven games with the Jr. Penguins before making his Metro debut against Battle Creek … Metro also shipped defenseman Blake Blaha (East Lansing , Mich.) to Battle Creek on Thursday. Blaha was pointless in eight games this season.
Wylie Rogers, a goaltender on the 2002 Silver Cup national Junior B championship team, has joined the Heerenveen Flyers ( Netherlands ) of the Dutch Elite League.
Rogers, who played with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2002-2003, also played four seasons of CCHA hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (in his hometown of Fairbanks, Ak.) from 2004-2008 and the past two years in the Central Hockey League with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.