Hudson Cameron of the Kamloops Storm has signed to play for the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League next season.
Cameron said it’s awesome to get this opportunity, which he has been working towards.
“I’m super pumped to finally sign,” said the Kamloops native, who played four games in the BCHL with the Nanaimo Clippers as an affiliate player.
The 5-10, 175-pound forward said the Crusaders like that he’s a hard-nosed player and he compared his style to that of Boston Bruin Brad Marchand.
Cameron likes the fit with the Crusaders because they have a great program with a strong focus on player development.
“I think it’s really going to take my game to the next level,” he said.
In his first season of junior hockey, Cameron had six goals and 24 points in 30 games for the Storm, and added a goal and eight points in 12 Teck Cup playoff games.
“It was good, it was definitely a big step from major midget,” said Cameron, who came from the Thompson Blazers program. “I think it definitely put me on the right path for starting Junior A this year. It was a really good season.”
Cameron took another step in his playmaking and with his shot. His play earned time with the Clippers in December.
“Nanaimo was a huge help. It definitely gave me a bunch of confidence and made me realize what it takes to play in the BCHL or Junior A,” he said. “It was a really good experience for me.”
Cameron joined the Storm because the hometown player said their program is unbelievable and “definitely one of the best junior B programs out there.”
“The management, everything, their main goal here is to get guys to the next level,” he said. “That’s really what got me to sign here.”
Cameron liked playing in the KIJHL because he faced bigger and stronger players, similar to what he saw in the BCHL.
“It definitely helped me get there,” he said.