2009-10: Connor Hurley skated for the bantam team at Minnesota’s Shattuck St. Mary’s School. He scored 20 goals with 39 assists in 58 games.
2010-11: Hurley played for Holy Angels High School alongside his older brother Cullen Hurley and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as a freshman. He scored 10 goals with 27 assists and was plus-29 with 26 penalty minutes. The Stars won 7 of 8 games at one point but lost to Prior Lake, 4-3, in the Section 2AA quarterfinals.
2011-12: Hurley transferred from Holy Angels to Section 2AA rival Edina for his sophomore season. He led the team in scoring, finishing with 26 goals and 32 assists in 30 games and was plus-one with 12 penalty minutes. The Hornets captured the Section 2AA championship and reached the state tournament’s third place game. Hurley participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 camp in June.
2012-13: Hurley made his USHL debut with Muskegon and led Edina in scoring as a junior as the Hornets captured the Minnesota AA state championship. In 14 games with the Lumberjacks (including three USHL playoff games) he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was minus-one. Hurley skated in ten games with the USA NDTP’s U18 team prior to the high school season, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist. Playing on Edina’s top line with Dylan Malmquist and Andy Jordahl he scored 20 goals with 32 assists in 31 games. Edina defeated Hill-Murray, 5-2, in the championship game. Hurley committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2014-15 and was ranked 45th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the second round (38th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Hurley returned to the USHL for a full season of junior hockey — beginning the year with Muskegon before being acquired by Green Bay in December 2013 as part of a multiplayer trade. Hurley was the second-leading scorer for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. In 56 USHL regular season games with Muskegon and Green Bay (35 with Green Bay) he scored 13 goals with 37 assists and was -9 with 32 penalty minutes. The Gamblers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and lost to eventual Clark Cup champion Indiana in a first round series. Hurley scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists in four games for the USA at the WJAC.
2014-15: Hurley skated in 41 of 42 games for Notre Dame in his freshman season. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 6 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish took fourth-place Massachusetts-Lowell to three games in the Hockey East quarterfinals, falling 6-4 in the decisive third game and finishing 18-19-5. Hurley scored a goal in the 7-0 win over Massachusetts-Amherst in the clinching game of the Irish’ first round series against Massachusetts-Amherst and had an assist in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series in a 4-2 Notre Dame win.
Hurley is a lanky center who possesses strong playmaking skills. His long reach makes it difficult for defenders to take the puck away and he loves creating space for himself with his ability to stickhandle through traffic. He is not afraid to engage physically.
Hurley did not have as outstanding a season as fellow Sabre and teammate Cal Petersen at Notre Dame, but he certainly showed he has the skill to be a top-six scoring center. He is expected to be one of Notre Dame’s top scoring options this coming season and should continue to bulk up on his lanky frame. He will likely develop in the NCAA for another two years before turning pro.