So, now that he's healthy, why the move to Happy Valley?
As Kirchhevel explained, "The main reason I came to Penn State is because it has a perfect combination of strong academics and tradition in every sport."
However, that was not the only draw for the South Dakota native to head to PSU. "Having Guy Gadowsky as a coach for the next four years is a huge opportunity for success for me and for the Penn State hockey program," Kirchhevel explained to FOS.
Kirchhevel will have to sit out for the 2011-2012 season per NCAA transfer rules, he still expects to make an early impact on the squad. "Off the ice I know our team will be helping out across the community and spreading the word about Penn State hockey. It will be an surreal experience being apart of the inaugural season of D-I hockey and I cant wait to help continue the great tradition at Penn State," he explained.
In terms of his style of play Kirchhevel has been described as a cerebral player who creates opportunities. According to him, "I'm looking to bring a solid, heads up style of play to both sides of the puck to creating time and space for my teammates."