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The Shore Thing: Part Deux

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
Denver freshman Nick Shore posted 18 points in 33 games.

For the second time in the last three Junes, the Shore family is eagerly awaiting the NHL Draft.

After Florida took Drew Shore with the 44th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, his brother Nick will look to hear his name come Friday or Saturday.

While Drew and his family were in Montreal to take in the festivities and watch him get one step closer to his dream of playing in the NHL, they'll take this draft day experience a little differently.

"My brother decided that he wanted to stay at home," said Drew. "My parents (David and Sarah) are throwing a barbeque for him and we're just going to have a party on Saturday so it should be a fun day for him."

For the Shore's second eldest son, going through the whole draft process has been a blast.

"It’s been a very good experience. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Shore, who describes himself as a two-way center that is able to contribute at both ends of the ice. "It’s pretty difficult, especially the testing (at the combine), but you’ve got to try to enjoy it. You only do it once, so I’m just trying to take in the experience."

It doesn't hurt for Shore that his elder brother went through the process himself just two years ago.

"It helps a lot. He kind of told me what to expect," said Shore, the 56th ranked North American Skater according to Central Scouting Service. "So, I think I was a little bit better prepared just because I had an idea coming in of what it was going to be like."

"It's actually kind of good because he got to see me go through it and he's done a lot better job of enjoying it than I did," said Drew. "I was definitely pretty stressed throughout the whole process but I really think he's doing a good job and taking it in. He doesn't really have any expectations going in so he's pretty excited on wherever he gets picked."

Being drafted is just a step along a long road for Shore. Getting to Friday and Saturday is another story. The Shore boys, all four of them, grew up closely, competing at everything from lacrosse to football to video games.

"It was definitely almost chaotic. I think if you ask our parents, they would definitely say the same thing but it was always a lot of fun," said Drew.

"That’s one of the advantages to having a brother – he’s always been there to push me," said Shore. "We have a great relationship, but it is very competitive, along with my two younger brothers. He’s always there to push me, and I’m there to do the same, so it’s definitely a big advantage."

Playing two-on-two and with the competition amped, the Shores still were able to make it a close knit bond. Along with younger brothers Quintin and Baker, the four are extremely close which helps push them to this day.

"There's not many kids that are fortunate enough to have three other brothers who are all best friends that you could hang out with on a daily basis," said Drew. "It's a pretty cool experience."

The two oldest brothers played against and with each other in everything except one thing: organized hockey. That is until this past year when Nick joined his brother Drew (a sophomore) at the University of Denver. Both of them had successful seasons with the Pioneers. Drew led Denver in scoring, racking up 46 points (23 goals) in 40 games while Nick recorded 18 points (seven goals) in 33 games.

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"This year was unbelievable," said Drew. "I couldn't have asked for a better year. Just having him around campus, not necessarily just the hockey stuff. Just having him there, being able to see him and hang out with him was probably the coolest part about it."

"It’s been awesome. It’s always great to have an older brother around," said Shore. "He’s helped me a lot throughout my whole career there. He’s always been a very influential person in my life."

And while Drew has helped Nick a lot in his first year at Denver, Drew has also learned from his younger brother.

"I've learned a lot of things. That's one of the things I really like about being so close in age with him is just you really can kind of relate to each other and stuff," said Drew. "He's probably the hardest working kid I know so I think that's definitely rubbing off on me. He never lets me slack and I never let him slack. Stuff like that are the stuff I learn from him."

With the draft around the corner and the competition always there, there are bragging rights that go with being the higher pick, at least to a certain degree.

"Obviously, I’d love to go higher than him," said Shore. "But one of the good things about our relationship is we are very supportive of each other. If I end up going higher than him, he’s going to be my biggest fan."

"Quite frankly I'm hoping he gets drafted higher than me," said Drew. "I hope I have a very long career in the National Hockey League but if every one of my brothers can surpass that, I'd be pretty happy for them."

One thing that is for sure, both would welcome playing on the same team than just in college.

"Playing at Denver with him, is a great experience for me," said Shore. "I love being around him. He’s my brother, he’s one of my best friends, so I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with that at all."

"I think with what Dale Tallon has already been able to do with the way the direction that the team is going, I think it would be a great team to be drafted by right now," said Drew. "Being able to do it at the college level is pretty special but to have the opportunity to do it at the NHL level, playing on the same team would be amazing."

The first round of the NHL Draft is on VERSUS and TSN beginning at 7pm ET on Friday and can be seen on NHL Network and TSN on Saturday beginning at 10am ET.

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