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If any DU player was interested in transferring to a major junior team, it would come as a mild surprise. But the Shore family is anchored to the University of Denver as can be. Quentin's older brother Drew attended DU and is the second leading scorer [5g,10a] for the AHL San Antonio Rampage this winter. Second eldest brother Nick is the leading scorer [6g,12a] for the Pioneers this season. Youngest brother Baker plays youth hockey and is on DU's recruiting radar. Finally both parents graduated from DU's Law School.
The University of Denver is on its annual academic Christmas Break [Thanksgiving to New Years] the timing is certainly right for a player looking to make the jump to Major Juniors. In the past DU defenesemen William Wrenn and T.J. Fast left DU after the academic Fall Quarter. However in both instances it was after DU had completed the first half of the season.
Could Quentin Shore have struggled academically in the Fall Quarter and decided that college wasn't for him? "Unlikely" said an unnamed source with knowledge of the Shore brothers and their family.
Possible Quentin Shore ties to the WHL Portland Winterhawks include star defenseman Seth Jones. Jones is the likely #1 or #2 overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. Shore & Jones were close friends on the USNDT for two years in Ann Arbor.
Quentin Shore is the 9th leading scorer [3g,4a] for the Pioneers this season and centers DU's third line. Although he is logging plenty of minutes this season, perhaps he is unhappy with DU's power player situation or minutes? DU has been rolling three D-men on the first unit all season, and after a torrid start, the first power play unit has been silent lately in addition to giving up three shorthanded goals in recent weeks.
Quentin Shore was not drafted by an NHL team last summer. Perhaps he feels he needs to crank up the stats and showcase his skills in the wide open Western Hockey League to raise his stock next summer in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Which brings us to Kennedy's Twitter Post last night. Its possible that Portland encouraged Seth Jones to reach out to Quentin to see if he was interested. Or its possible that the Shore family reached out to the Winterhawks to evaluate their options going forward. Either way, expect DU to quickly try and quell this rumor with the North Dakota series upcoming this weekend.
The longer questions remain unanswered, the higher the possibility that the rumor is true.