University of Maine junior captain Devin Shore will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility to sign with the Dallas Stars, according to multiple media reports. There has been rampant speculation that the two-year captain and 2013-14 All-American would leave following the conclusion of the Black Bears season.
Shore is a very good two-way left-shot center that led the Black Bears in scoring each of his three seasons in Orono. An alternate captain last season as a sophomore, he wore the 'C' this season. Shore had 14 goals and 21 assists this season for 35 points in 39 games played. He finished his career in a Black Bear uniform with 104 points in 112 games.
Despite his numbers being down this season, he still had a huge impact on the ice. He's good away from the puck and will likely be a good second or third line center down the road in the NHL. He had the game-tying goal in game three of Maine's Hockey East first round playoff series against Vermont on Sunday night. However, the Black Bears lost, 3-2, in overtime.
Shore was a second round selection by the Stars in the 2012 NHL Draft. He played junior hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) before coming to Maine.
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