Bangor twins Nick and Ryan Moore have played on teams together for virtually their entire lives.
But that will change in the fall, when Nick Moore will attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and his brother Ryan will remain at the South Kent School in Connecticut.
Both played at the South Kent School this past season for the Under-15 team. Nick Moore was the goalie while Ryan Moore was the team’s leading scorer.
“Phillips Exeter is a very good school academically, there’s a better hockey opportunity for me and my goalie coach for the past three years has been Rob Day, who lives in Exeter,” Nick Moore explained. He is 11 minutes older than his brother. “It’s a better fit for me.”
He said not being on a team with his brother is “probably going to be a tough transition.”
Ryan Moore agreed.
“It’s going to be tough. We’ve never been at different schools before,” Ryan said. “But I think it’s a good time to try something new.
“That school fits him well, and the [South] Kent School really fits me well. This is the best situation for both of us, and we’re happy about it. Having his goalie coach there will be a big help to him,” Ryan Moore said.
“Ryan is a very good player, and it has been nice having him on my team,” Nick Moore said. “But this is something I had to do.”
Because they are 16 years old, Ryan Moore will move up to Under-16 team at the South Kent School this season, when their two teams will not play against each other.
“The Under-16 team this past season went to the nationals,” Ryan Moore noted.
The Moores played hockey in the Bangor youth hockey program, for the Maine Freeze travel team and for the Portland Junior Pirates before heading to the South Kent School together.
They also played for Bangor in the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium.
Former Presque Isle High School hockey star and all-time leading scorer Brennen Shaw, who now plays for Division III Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, recently was named to the Capital One Academic All-America men’s at-large Third Team.
It was voted on by the nation’s athletic communications directors.
Shaw is the 30th player in the history of Assumption College to earn an Academic All-American honor and one of only two Northeast-10 student-athletes to be chosen this year.
Shaw, a junior forward, had one goal and seven assists in 25 games this season, and he is a two-time recipient of the Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award which honors student-athletes who achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA.