It's been quite a year for Devin Shore.
Devin Shore having impact in rinks all around. WHITBY -- Devin Shore of the Whitby Fury, shown here earlier this season against Peterborough, has made Team Canada East for the World Junior A Challenge. Shore, who also has a verbal commitment to attend the
WHITBY -- It's been quite a year for Devin Shore.
The 17-year-old dynamic forward from Ajax has opened some eyes, it seems, in every hockey circle around.
Back in the spring, after a season playing at the Hill Academy, the former Barrie Colts draft pick made a verbal commitment to bypass the Ontario Hockey League in favour of the NCAA where he'll attend the University of Maine, either in the fall of 2012 or 2013.
On the heels of that, Shore hooked up with the Whitby Fury, who were more than happy to add a player they had tried to get their hands on one year prior.
And all Shore has done since joining the Fury is get some ink on the NHL watch list for next summer's draft, attend camp and eventually make Team Canada East's roster for the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.
Oh, and he leads the Fury in scoring as well.
The key? It's simple, says Shore.
"I think just going to the rink every day and trying my best to help the team win and not focusing on individual anything. Just to say, 'what can I do to help the team win'. Sometimes it's blocking a shot, sometimes in winning a faceoff, sometimes it's getting points," he explains. "Whatever I can do to help the team I just try to do that and it's fun when I can help the guys win."
Having a little fun in the process helps too.
"It's the best game in the world. You have to treat it like a game sometimes. You can't get caught up in all the emotion of it. You have to remember to have the time of your life with your buddies and it's a ton of fun," Shore adds.
What wasn't fun though, he admits, was trying to arrive at a decision regarding the OHL and NCAA debate.
With prime options for both sitting in front of him, the debate raged. One day Shore was headed one way. The next it was another. That went on for quite a while before he finally arrived at a conclusion.
The OHL was intriguing, but the NCAA was a better fit in his mind.
"It was one of those decisions that I agonized over for months. I was like a teeter-totter. Back and forth, back and forth," he recalls. "I just figured that education is very important to me. Even if I went the OHL, I'd still get an education, but to be able to get a post-secondary education and be able to play elite level hockey is a great feeling. Also, it gives me more time to develop instead of rushing things in the OHL, where there might only be that two- or three-year window."
So for now he's content plying his trade with the Fury under coach Curtis Hodgins and his staff.
In fact, it's the presence of Hodgins behind the bench that led, in part, to Shore's decision to pull a Fury jersey on this season.
"I love Curtis as a coach. He's the best coach I've ever played for. He was a huge reason why I came here. It was a really easy decision on my part," he said.