The Colorado Thunderbirds are pleased to announce that Nick Shore has signed with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Shore becomes the second Thunderbirds player to sign a NHL contract. Sean Lorenz was the first Thunderbirds player when he signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2012. Nick's brother Drew currently plays for the Florida Panthers. Nick has two younger brothers that are elite players. Quentin just finished his freshman season with the Pioneers and Baker, 1999 birth year, was the leading scorer for the Thunderbirds U13 team this past season.
Nick, a forward, was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 3rd round, 82nd overall in 2011. Shore played for the Thunderbirds from 2006 – 2008 and then went to the USA/NTDP program for two years. He just completed his junior season at the University of Denver. ”Nick is such a special player. He does so many things well and his commitment to improving each and every day is second to none. His ability to make his teammates better is something I will always remember about Nick. His hockey IQ is off the charts and he will eventually become an impact player for the Kings,” states Angelo Ricci, Director of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Thunderbirds.
Former Thunderbirds that have been drafted or signed in the NHL are Sean Lorenz, a defenseman, was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 4th round, 115th overall in 2008. He signed with the Wild in 2012. Josiah Didier, a defenseman, was drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the 4th round, 97th overall in 2011 and Jaccob Slavin, a defenseman, was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 4th round, 120th overall in 2012. The Thunderbirds are expected to have three former players selected in the NHL draft this summer; Quentin Shore, Gustav Olofsson and Seth Jones. Former players from the Thunderbirds program continue to have excellent opportunities that are afforded to them from the foundational training received while playing in the Thunderbirds organization. We congratulate Nick and his parents, Sarah and Dave Shore of Cherry Hills Village, CO.
Los Angeles Kings release on Shore signing, http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=665649&cmpid=rss-News