Moore bolts Denver year early, signs with Maple Leafs

Denver forward Trevor Moore was third in team scoring in 2015-16 with 11 goals and 44 points (photo: Candace Horgan).

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the team has signed Denver forward Trevor Moore to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Moore, who signed as a free agent, will give up his final year of NCAA eligibility.

In 40 games with the Pioneers last season, Moore compiled 44 points (11 goals, 33 assists) and just eight penalty minutes.

He finished tied for sixth in the conference scoring race with 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 31 games.

“We’re very excited for Trevor to be getting this opportunity to skate at the next level and we wish him all the best in Toronto,” said DU coach Jim Montgomery in a statement. “Trevor has been instrumental in helping DU get back to the upper echelon of college hockey these last three years and it’s been a privilege to have coached him. In addition to being a tremendous talent on the ice, Trevor is a great teammate and a wonderful ambassador for our program. We’re pleased that he’s been able to develop to the point that he’s ready to take the next step in his career and look forward to seeing him thrive in the professional ranks in the coming years.”

“I’m very grateful to Coach Montgomery and the staff at Denver for having helped me get to a point that I feel I’m ready to begin my pro career,” added Moore. “It’s definitely bittersweet to be leaving a great program like DU that’s on the verge of winning a national title, but I feel like the time is right for me to begin my career in professional hockey. I wish my teammates and everyone involved with the program nothing but the best. It’s been an honor to wear the Crimson and Gold and I’m proud to be a Pioneer for life.”

In 121 career games at Denver, Moore registered 120 points (47 goals, 73 assists) and was named to the NCHC First All-Star Team and was the conference’s forward of the year during the 2014-15 season. In 2013-14, Moore was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team.