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Drew and Nick Shore center two of Denver's top three lines.
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Drew and Nick Shore center two of Denver's top three lines.
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Shore Brothers Fulfill Dream at DU
Courtesy: Pat Rooney, DenverPioneers.com  
Release: 10/14/2010
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Drew Shore cannot remember when exactly he attended his first hockey game at the University of Denver. The only specifics Shore can recall are that the game was at old DU Arena, and that the night made an everlasting impression.

Given the final game at DU Arena was played on March 8, 1997, Shore was not more than 6-years old when he made his first sojourn into the world of Pioneers hockey. So it is safe to say the crimson and gold flows through Shore's blood.

Just two games into the second season of his DU career, the Denver native is showing signs of blossoming into the top-flight scorer he always dreamed he would be for his hometown team.

Shore put together a fast start during the Pioneers' season-opening win and tie at Vermont last weekend, scoring three of DU's six goals.  In only one series, Shore nearly matched the total of five goals he produced in 41 games last year as a freshman.

"Hopefully, having one year of experience under my belt will help me to have more success this year," Shore said. "I definitely didn't have as many points as I'd have liked to my freshman year. I think I had a pretty good summer, so getting off to that kind of start I think is definitely going to help me.

"Being more even-keeled this year is something I'm going to try to do. Last weekend was pretty successful, but there are going to be other weekends that don't go like that. Staying even-keeled throughout the season is something I need to do."

Shore and his brother, freshman forward Nick Shore, will fulfill a lifetime dream when they play their first regular season home series together as the Pioneers host top-ranked Boston College on Friday and Saturday. Although Nick Shore suffered a wrist injury last week that has left him questionable for this weekend, stepping on to the Magness Arena ice together on game night for the first time will be a unique thrill for brothers who lived and died with every play while watching the national championship runs of 2004 and 2005 from their rink side seats.

The Shores made history by becoming the first brothers to play for the United States National Team Development program in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the same time. They missed being the first duo to stake that claim during head coach George Gwozdecky's 17-season tenure at DU by one season, getting beaten to that honor last year by Kyle and Shawn Ostrow.

The Shores were in different programs while in Michigan with the USNTDP, and are reveling in the opportunity to finally skate together.

"I grew up in the area and I always came to the games, so it is pretty special to be able to play in your hometown," Nick Shore said. "I was fortunate to watch both years they went back-to-back, and that was pretty special. The winning mentality they've always had here...DU was always at the top. Of course I looked at other schools to see what was out there, but this was the right place for me to come for many different reasons. Especially with my brother being here. I think we feed off each other."

While Nick Shore, who tallied 45 points in 56 games for the USNTDP team last year, undoubtedly will help the Pioneers this year, it is the continued development of Drew Shore that could allow the Pioneers to uncover the requisite scoring to replace the loss of three of last year's top four goal-scorers-Joe Colborne, Rhett Rakhshani, and Tyler Ruegsegger.

"For many guys, that freshman year is filled with challenges and ups-and-downs," Gwozdecky said. "Mentally, sometimes you want to show that you can contribute so badly that you put sometimes too much pressure on yourself. You beat yourself up when you make a mistake or you don't score, you start putting on more and more pressure to make up for that last mistake, or that last poor game, or that last missed opportunity. Once you get through that year, and you are able to take that six-month training period and think about how you played, all that experience helps many of these good athletes into gaining more confidence.

"Drew is one of those guys that certainly has evolved and developed through confidence from his freshman year. With the addition of the real hard-work that he put in on his game in the summer, I think it's paid off."


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