First-Round Pick Moore Chooses Pros Over CC

Defenseman John Moore, who committed to join Colorado College this season before he became a first-round NHL draft pick, instead has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I wish the rules were different,” Moore told the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Unfortunately, I won’t be coming to CC in the fall.”

Moore was the 21st player selected in last month’s entry draft.

He will play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“We are very pleased to have John under contract,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “He is an outstanding prospect and we look forward to seeing him bring his offensive ability and skill set to Columbus in the not-too-distant future.”

Moore, 18, was the USHL’s defenseman of the year last season.


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