The OJHL announced today that Whitby Fury forward Devin Shore (photo credit - TBSG Images) has been named the Gongshow Gear South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month after recording 25 points in 12 games played throughout the month of January.
The rookie forward helped the Fury to a 7-2-3 record during the month as the club battled their divisional opponents for top-ranking in the East Division standings. Shore recorded points in all 12 January games and currently sits on a 14 game point scoring streak. His totals included eight multi-point outings with his first career junior hat trick, as well as his second four point game of the season, coming in a 6-0 victory over Mississauga. Shore’s overall numbers include a team-high 29 goals, ranking ninth best in the OJHL, as well as 58 points, which is second on the club and eleventh overall in the league. Also a tremendous playmaker and key contributor to the Fury’s power play, he has notched 17 power play assists on the season to sixth among all OJHL players.
Shore was clearly thrilled to receive the award, "It is an honour to receive this award, knowing how competitive the East Division is and respecting the players in the South Division. To be mentioned with the top players in the two divisions is cool".
"Devin has been outstanding for our hockey club all season long. He is a very hard working player, who brings the same work ethic each night and is very good in both ends of the ice,” said Fury Head Coach Curtis Hodgins, who also happened to be Shore’s coach during his MVP performance at the recent World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
Anthony Mastrodicasa of the Vaughan Vipers was runner-up to Shore as the South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month. The 2010-11 OJHL Top Defenceman and current captain of the Vipers recorded 17 points in 10 games played, including four consecutive game-winning goals. Three of the game-winners were scored during all-important divisional match-ups, helping the Vipers in their push for a first round playoff bye.
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