A strong rookie season for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League has ended for former University of Maine hockey standout Devin Shore, who underwent shoulder surgery just before Christmas, according to story on the Dallas Stars’ website.

Scott White, director of operations for the NHL’s Stars, called the injury unfortunate.

“Our experience is to get it fixed now. Short term it hurts him, and it hurts the team down there, but at the end of the day, it will prepare him more for next year,” said White, general manager of the Texas Stars, a Dallas affiliate.

Shore is tied for second in the AHL with 15 goals and also has 11 assists in 23 games.

He injured his right shoulder while playing in a game on Dec. 11 against the Charlotte Checkers. Shore was hit low by Charlotte defenseman Ryan Murphy and smashed to the ice on his right shoulder.

A penalty was not called on the play, but Murphy later was suspended by the AHL for three games.

Shore was drafted in the second round by Dallas in 2012 and played three seasons at UMaine before leaving last March. He is tied for 51st on the school’s all-time scoring list with 104 points in 112 games.

He was called up to play for Dallas in November and played in three games before returning to the Texas Stars.

Joe McLaughlin

McLaughlin (right) is a Stearns High School and University of Maine graduate who worked for three years at the Aroostook Republican and News in Caribou as a reporter and editor. He has worked on the BDN...