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Colorado’s first family of hockey

Mike Chambers
The Denver Post
Denver, CO
Joe Amon, The Denver Post The Shore brothers, from left: Nick, 16; Quentin, 15; Drew, 18; and Baker, 9. The family has become a hockey hotbed.
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Shortly after the University of Denver hockey team captured the 2004 NCAA championship, Drew Shore left sticky notes at prime locations throughout his parents’ Cherry Hills home.

The 13-year-old’s scribbled notes weighed the pros and cons of moving to Canada to live with a host family in British Columbia to develop his hockey career in order to eventually play for the Pioneers. He moved, all right, and this fall the 18-year-old center will skate onto the ice at DU as the leading member of a family of hockey prodigies.

“They’re almost like the first family of Colorado, in terms of hockey, based on what their kids are achieving,” said Angelo Ricci, director of the Littleton Hockey Association. “They’re polite young guys, and they’re driven to achieve.”

Shore, who was selected 44th overall in last month’s NHL draft by the Florida Panthers, is the oldest of David and Sarah Shore’s four sons. He’s the best player in the family right now, but younger brothers Nick, 16, and Quentin, 15, are on elite-level teams and the fast track to follow in his skates. And the youngest, Baker, 9, is one of the state’s top squirt-level players.

“Being the oldest, my three younger brothers watch what you do, and all three of them work very hard,” Drew said. “The main thing is, we all love to play hockey.”

Drew comes by his love for the game naturally. His parents’ first date was at a Pioneers hockey game, more than 20 years ago, when they were in DU’s law school. From an early age, Drew displayed an intensity to succeed on the ice, a competition fueled in later years by sibling rivalry.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_12765687


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