December 5, 1991 |
Windsor, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Anaheim Ducks|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 2010
|Competitor for the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|2010 United States|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|2009 United States|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge|
Cameron Matthew Fowler (born December 5, 1991) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 12th overall by the Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
A dual citizen, Fowler represents the United States internationally, and won a gold medal as a member of the junior team at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was a member of the 2010 Windsor Spitfires team that won the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) championship, as well as the Memorial Cup.
Fowler was born in Windsor, Ontario, the son of Perry and Bridget. Perry was a native of Newfoundland and Bridget is a native of Michigan, making Cam a dual citizen. An employee of the Ford Motor Company, Perry moved his family to Farmington Hills, Michigan, before Cam's second birthday. His younger sisters, Peyton and Emily, were both born in the U.S.
Fowler attended Farmington High School, where he played baseball in addition to ice hockey. He also played travel baseball for the South Farmington Blues and had great potential to be a Division One College pitcher. Describing himself as being one of the weaker players on the team as a youth, Fowler's potential as a hockey player did not emerge until his teenage years. He was recruited by numerous National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I schools from the age of 14. Fowler signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Notre Dame in November 2008 during the early signing period. The USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) also recruited him to their organization.
The Kitchener Rangers drafted Fowler with their first pick in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection; however, given that he had already committed to Notre Dame and playing in the OHL would have cost him his eligibility to play in the NCAA, Fowler refused to sign with the Rangers and instead made a two-year commitment to play for the USNTDP. With the development team, he was a member of the gold medal-winning American team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships, where was named the best defenseman of the tournament and an all-star.
The Rangers surrendered his OHL rights at about the same time Fowler was reconsidering his commitment to play in the NCAA. The Windsor Spitfires then selected him with their first pick in the 2008 Priority Selection, after which he broke his agreement with Notre Dame and agreed to play for Windsor in the 2009–10 season. Fowler made the decision with the belief that playing in the OHL would better prepare him for an NHL career. The decision upset University officials, who alleged he was paid under the table by the OHL. Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson alleged that the Rangers had offered Fowler a package worth $500,000 to break his commitment with the Fighting Irish and believed that Windsor had also made a financial offer to lure him away from the school. Fowler denied the accusations, stating he was "completely honest" with both Notre Dame and the Kitchener Rangers.
Fowler joined the Spitfires in 2009 and emerged as one of the top offensive-defensemen in the League, scoring 55 points in 55 games. He added 14 points in the playoffs to help lead Windsor to its second consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup championship. The Spitfires then won the 2010 Memorial Cup as Canadian Hockey League (CHL) champions. Fowler left the Spitfires briefly during the season to play with the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a gold medal after defeating Canada 6–5 in overtime in the championship game.
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Fowler as the fifth-best North American prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in their final update. He had dropped two places, having been ranked at number, behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, for most of the season. He was described by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as an offensive quarterback on the powerplay who relies on his skating and puck control. He has been compared to NHL defensemen Chris Pronger and Dion Phaneuf, but does not play the same physical style as the two. Despite these accolades, Fowler's draft night lasted longer than expected, as he dropped to 12th overall, selected by the Anaheim Ducks.
Fowler started the 2010–11 season on the Ducks' opening night lineup. He scored his first NHL goal on October 17, 2010, against Jason LaBarbera of the Phoenix Coyotes. He was selected to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as part of the rookie team. For the duration of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Fowler played for the Södertälje SK in Sweden. Fowler was among the 25-man roster selected by USA Hockey to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||U.S. National Development Team||NAHL||56||3||12||15||10||3||0||0||0||2|
|2008–09||U.S. National Development Team||Ind||47||8||32||40||44||14||2||7||9||12|
Awards and honors
|Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2010|||
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team||2008|
|IIHF World U18 Championships Best Defenseman||2009|||
|IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team||2009|||
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- "2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team Announced". olympics.usahockey.com. January 1, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
- "MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners Announced". Canadian Hockey League. 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
|Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick