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Drew Shore announces intent to return to Denver

Denver sophomore forward Drew Shore will return for his junior season and not sign with the Florida Panthers, the school announced Thursday.

Shore was drafted in the second round (44th overall) by Florida in the 2009 NHL draft.

“I’m really excited to return to DU for my junior season,” Shore said in a DU press release. “I love everything about Denver – my teammates, school, coaches and, of course, my family. I grew up in Denver watching the Pioneers win national championships and that remains the goal. I’m excited about our team next season and another year playing with my brother, Nick. I couldn’t be more sure that it was best to continue my development at DU and the NHL can wait for at least one more year.”

“We obviously are pleased that Drew has decided to return for his junior year,” added Denver coach George Gwozdecky. “Drew had a breakout year and will take another major step in his development as a Pioneer next season. He also will be one year closer to earning his degree, which is important to him and his family. Drew will be a major factor in the success of our team next year.”

Shore tallied 19 points on five goals and 14 assists as a freshman in 2009-10 before adding 23 goals and 23 assists this past year where he was also the MVP of the Denver Cup.


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  • Guest

    In an era when a team’s best players frequently don’t exhaust their playing eligibility, it’s refreshing to see a player of Drew Shore’s stature announce he intends to return for his junior season. As a longtime Denver season ticket holder, I’m pleased to hear he plans to stay in the program for the 2011-2012 season.

    With Shore announcing his intentions, if Denver can manage to keep sophomores-to-be Jason Zucker and Beau Bennett in the program, the Pioneers should be in a strong position entering next season.

    • LOVETHEGAME

      Being a CC fan and long time season ticket holder Im sure his choice to stay at DU will hurt us next year. But I agree, I think its great to see a player of his calliber staying for another year for all of the right reasons. If DU keeps the rest of their roster they are going to be the team to beat next year for sure! But I think its a great thing for college hockey seeing players stay.

  • Nyqi

    As a Sioux fan this doesn’t sound good. As a college hockey fan this is great news. I think both DU and CC next year are going to be incredibly talented at all positions and both are going to be very hard to deal with. I just hope that we see a few of the underclassmen at UND announce their intent to stay in the next few weeks because if we loose a few of the top guys like Gregoire and Kristo UND is going to have some issues.