Maine junior forward and captain Devin Shore is leaving the team to sign with the Dallas Stars.
According to the Bangor Daily News, Shore will report to the AHL’s Texas Stars.
Shore, drafted by Dallas in the second round (61st overall) of the 2012 NHL draft, led the Black Bears in scoring all three years including this past season, when he posted 14 goals and 35 points in 39 games. He finishes his Maine career with 34 goals and 70 assists for 104 points in 112 games on 34 goals and 70 assists.
Maine coach Red Gendron told the paper that Shore hadn’t let him know of his decision.
“It’s every player’s dream to play in the NHL and it is part of our job to do everything we can to help them make it to the NHL,” Gendron said in the report. “We want them to aspire to play in the NHL, but we also want them to get a degree because someday, they’re going to need it.”
Junior defenseman Ben Hutton, a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) of Vancouver in 2012, may be the next to leave.
“Everything is up in the air,” Hutton said in the same report. “I haven’t decided anything yet. It’s my goal and everybody’s goal to go pro, whether I have the opportunity now or after next season.”