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Drew Shore Signs with Florida Panthers
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 03/27/2012
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DENVER - University of Denver junior center Drew Shore (Denver, Colo.) has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility after signing a professional contract with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, Florida Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today. Terms of Shore's entry level contract were not disclosed.

Shore will report to the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to play out the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

"We are certainly excited for Drew and his family about today's announcement," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "Drew was one of the best players in the WCHA the past two seasons and he's ready to take his game to the professional level. He set a standard as a student-athlete for all Colorado youth hockey players to achieve."

Shore, who was drafted in the second round (44th overall) by Florida in 2009, finished his DU career with 118 points (50g, 68a) in 123 games. He helped Denver to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 77 career wins during his three-year career.

"Drew had an impressive season at the University of Denver and we're excited to officially sign him as a part of the Panthers' organization," Tallon said. "He's a skilled playmaker with a nice, well-rounded game. He will report to San Antonio and get an opportunity to compete in some professional games."

Shore led Denver to a 25-14-4 record this season, amassing a career-high 53 points (22g, 31a), 11 power-play goals and seven game-winning goals. He was named to the All-WCHA Second Team for the second straight year after tallying 37 points (14g, 23a) in 27 league games. In 2010-11, Shore led DU with 46 points (23g, 23a) and was named to the All-WCHA Second Team. Shore had 19 points (5g, 14a) during his freshman season in 2009-10. Shore is also a two-time All-WCHA Academic Team honoree.

"I want to thank my teammates, coaches, faculty and staff for an amazing three years at DU," Shore said. "It was definitely the three best years of my life, and I feel I have really developed as a person and hockey player. Forgoing my senior season was a tough decision, but DU will always have a special place in my heart."

Shore is the 15th underclassmen to sign a professional contract during Gwozdecky's 18-year tenure at DU. Shore joins Matt Donovan (2011), Marc Cheverie (2010), Joe Colborne (2010), Patrick Wiercioch (2010), Tyler Bozak (2009), Chris Butler (2008), Brock Trotter (2008), Geoff Paukovich (2007), Ryan Dingle (2007), Paul Stastny (2006), Matt Carle (2006), Brett Skinner (2005), Mark Rycroft (2000) and Matt Pettinger (1999) as Pioneers who left school early to turn pro since 1999. Bozak, Butler, Carle and Stastny currently are playing in the NHL.

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