|(above) Connor Honey signed with the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds on Thursday|
University of Denver recruit Connor Honey has decided to pass on his scholarship offer to the University of Denver and play major junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. The forward was added to the Thunderbirds roster on Thursday after spending the first half of the season with the Green Bay Gamblers [USHL].
“Connor simply couldn’t balance school and hockey,” said Green Bay head coach Derek Lalonde, “Connor was a good teammate and we wish him the best of luck in his future hockey endeavors.”
In 17 games this season with the Gamblers, Honey recorded 1 goal, 6 assists and a minus 2 rating. Currently the Gamblers own the best record in the 16-team United States Hockey League, with a mark of 17-3-1.
“Connor is a positive addition to our roster and he will help us this season,” said Russ Farwell, T-Birds general manager, in a team media release. “We look forward to watching him develop and grow his game with us.”
Honey was expected to join Denver in 2012, but his lack of scoring in the USHL this season may have resulted in deferring his admission to DU by at least a year.
Last year, Honey played for the Edmonton South Side Athletic team in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He led the league in scoring with 56 points on 24 goals and 32 assists in 34 games. Unfortunately Honey was unable to duplicate those numbers in the USHL and that probably led to his decision to play in the WHL.
Honey, a 17-year-old center/right wing from Edmonton, attended the T-Birds training camp prior to this season. His twin brother Curtis is a highly regarded goaltender for the AJHL Bonnyville Pontiacs.
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (Green Bay, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Des Moines, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Grant Arnold (Green Bay, USHL)
2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)
2014 Recruiting Class
F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)