Not even as little guys growing up in Colorado.
It is increasingly likely that it will be Shore vs. Shore on Monday, when the
First, however, is the significant matter of the
"It would be really cool," Nick said of potentially facing his brother. "Like you said, it's a little early to be thinking about that. We'll see what happens in the next couple of days."
There are four hockey-playing Shore brothers, a mini version of the Sutters. Quentin Shore, 20, an
The family pull toward hockey seems like destiny. Nick said his parents, David and Sarah, met at law school at Denver University, and their first date was at a DU hockey game.
Nick and Drew played together at Denver University. Now they could be playing against each other almost at the start of Nick's NHL career.
"It'd be strange. It would be a first," Nick said. "I don't think either one of us really expected it this year or anything like that. If it happens, it happens, and it'll be a cool experience."
"This year, I didn't think his camp was quite as good, but we played him more.… We kept him longer, and that was part of the thing," Sutter said. "We wanted to play him more, so that it was just helping his development. He went down and he's put up really good numbers" in Manchester, N.H.
Sutter indicated Shore could have more responsibility with the Kings.
"I just don't like putting a guy in and having him play seven or eight minutes," he said. "There's not much of a point unless he's strictly a role player. He's probably going to have to not just stick his toes in, he's going to have to jump in and show us what he's got."
Saturday's retirement of Rob Blake's jersey has been a focal point this week, and rightly so. Blake, the Kings' assistant general manager, still resonates with current players, Sutter said.
That hasn't always been the case with other organizations.
"If you ask them, they don't even remember them playing," Sutter said. "I remember asking
"Sutes played in Calgary. It's like, 'How could you not know him?' "
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