Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 3 #48 overall 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.
Centre Mark Kirton was a fine skater and playmaker with a combative side that allowed him to handle the physical demands of the NHL. The young pivot enjoyed a solid year with the AHL's New Brunswick Hawks in 1978-79. In 1979-80 he made Toronto out of training camp and scored a goal in two games before being sent down to the farm. The young forward hurt his knee in his second game in Moncton and was out of the lineup for a number of weeks. Rather than hang his head, Kirton continued to work on his weaknesses and averaged a point per game for New Brunswick in 61 contests after regaining his health.
After playing eleven games in 1980-81, Kirton was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for veteran netminder Jim Rutherford. Kirton was traded to the Vancouver Canucks early in 1982-83 for Ivan Boldirev. He proved to be a useful checking pivot for the Canucks in parts of three seasons. Between 1985 and 1989 he played a solid two-way role for the Fredericton Express and Newmarket Saints before retiring.
His work address is:
Coldwell Banker Home & Family Realty, Brokerage
1515 Rebecca Street, Unit 19