The University of Maine men’s hockey team has received verbal commitments from a pair of teammates who play for Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario.
Center Devin Shore and defenseman Daniel Renouf, both 16 years old, will attend Maine beginning in the fall of 2012 or 2013.
They will join another Hill Academy mate, high-scoring left wing Ryan Lomberg, who verbally committed in July.
Shore and Renouf said they have been on the same teams since they were 8 years old.
Shore is Hill Academy’s leading scorer with 22 goals and 40 assists for 62 points. They have played 38 games. His 40 assists are also tops.
Renouf has five goals and 26 assists for 31 points.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Renouf is plus-52 and the 5-11, 168-pound Shore is plus-50. A player receives a plus-one if he is on the ice when his team scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal and a minus-one if the other team scores one.
“Devin is a playmaker who makes the players around him better,” said Hill Academy coach and director of hockey operations Lindsay Hofford. “He’s a good skater with real good vision. He’s also good defensively. I think he’ll be a top-six forward as a freshman.
“Dan is a two-way defenseman with good size (6-foot-1, 190 pounds). He has a very high panic threshold. He makes a real good first pass. He plays on the power play and penalty-killing units. He has lots of pro potential.”
Hofford added that Shore and Renouf have “high hockey IQs” and are quality people who are good students and well-respected players in the locker room.
“Devin is an assistant captain and Dan could be a captain,” said Hofford.
Shore and Renouf said the atmosphere at Alfond Arena was one of the major reasons they chose Maine over several other Division I schools, including Hockey East schools.
“It’s incredible. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” said Shore, a native of Ajax, Ontario. “It seemed like the right fit. And to have the opportunity to play with Ryan and Dan makes it that much more special.”
Shore also liked the academic programs.
Renouf, a native of Pickering, Ontario, called it “a very unique place. I fell in love with it. I can’t say enough about it.”
They are scholarship athletes and their coming to Maine is contingent upon their admission to the school and meeting NCAA requirements.
House is Lowe’s CLASS finalist
University of Maine senior center and captain Tanner House has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award in men’s hockey.
House is the only Hockey East player selected as a finalist this year. The other finalists are Union College’s Stephane Boileau, Miami’s Carter Camper, Canisius’ Cory Conacher, North Dakota’s Chay Genoway, Air Force Academy’s Jacques Lamoureux, Alaska’s (Fairbanks) Bryant Molle, Rensselaer Polytechnic Instititute’s Chase Polacek, Bemidji State’s Matt Read and Notre Dame’s Calle Ridderwall.
House has nine goals and 11 assists in 23 games this season and, last year, he won the Dean Smith Award given to the school’s top male and female student-athletes.
The award is based on four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. It encourages students to use their stature in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the community.
The finalists were selected by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates announced in October. Maine defenseman Jeff Dimmen was among the 20 candidates.
Nationwide voting will begin immediately to determine the winner.
Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe’s Senior Class Award website or on the Lowe’s Senior Class Award Facebook fan page through March 20. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to choose a winner.
The winner will be announced on April 7 at the Frozen Four in Saint Paul, Minn.
He is the third finalist from Maine in the award’s five-year existence. Travis Ramsey was a finalist in 2008 and Chris Hahn was one in ’09.
A Maine player has never won the award.