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 Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
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 will play for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks for one year before joining Cal Petersen at Notre Dame for the 2014-15 season. Hurley has the potential to be a scoring second line center, but he is at least two to three years away from turning pro.