Kirk Golden was named head coach of the Butte Cobras in March 2021. In May he was also named as a regional scout for the Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Golden arrived in Butte after working with the Great Falls Americans as an assistant in 2020-21 helping the Americans to a second place finish in the NA3HL Frontier Division.
Prior to his role in Great Falls, Golden led the Aspen Leafs U19 Girls program to Colorado state titles in both 2019 and 2020. He also spent one season (2016-17) as an assistant for the Aspen High School boys team.
As a player Golden played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, one of the top prep schools in North America, before spending two seasons in the North American Hockey League. From there the versatile skater played collegiate hockey at Hobart College (NCAA Division III) from 2005-09.
Golden began his professional career in Germany the following season and made stops in France, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.
His final season of pro hockey came in 2015-16 with the South China Sharks of the China Ice Hockey League. Golden was second among CIHL leading scorers with 27 goals and 37 assists in 18 games.
That season playing in China is also where Golden began coaching with the Hong Kong Selects youth program.