Cam Fowler

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Cam Fowler
Cameron (Cam) Fowler (26217893042).jpg
Fowler with the Ducks in 2016
Born (1991-12-05) December 5, 1991 (age 26)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2010
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2010–present

Cameron Matthew Fowler (born December 5, 1991) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey defenseman 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.

Personal[edit]

Fowler was born in Windsor, Ontario, the son of Perry and Bridget Fowler. Perry was a native of Newfoundland and Bridget is a native of Michigan, making Cam a dual citizen.[1] 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.[2]

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.[1] 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.[3] 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.[4] The USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) also recruited him to their organization.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Fowler played with the Spitfires from 2009 to 2010.

The Rangers surrendered his OHL rights at about the same time Fowler was reconsidering his commitment to play in the NCAA.[1] 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.[3] 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.[5] Fowler denied the accusations, stating he was "completely honest" with both Notre Dame and the Kitchener Rangers.[1]

Fowler joined the Spitfires in 2009 and emerged as one of the top offensive-defensemen in the League, scoring 55 points in 55 games.[7] He added 14 points in the playoffs to help lead Windsor to its second consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup championship.[8] The Spitfires then won the 2010 Memorial Cup as Canadian Hockey League (CHL) champions.[9] 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.[10]

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Fowler as the fifth-best North American prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in their final update.[11] He had dropped two places, having been ranked at number three, behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, for most of the season.[12] He was described by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau as an offensive quarterback on the powerplay who relies on his skating and puck control.[7] He has been compared to NHL defensemen Chris Pronger and Dion Phaneuf, but does not play the same physical style as the two.[1] Despite these accolades, Fowler's draft night lasted longer than expected, as he dropped to 12th overall, selected by the Anaheim Ducks.[13]

Professional[edit]

Fowler during a game in 2011, his debut season with the Anaheim Ducks.

Fowler began the 2010–11 season on the Ducks' opening night lineup. He scored his first career NHL goal on October 17 against Phoenix Coyotes' goaltender Jason LaBarbera in a 3-2 win.[14] Fowler was selected to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as part of the rookie class.[15] Fowler ended the season with ten goals and 40 points in 76 games.

Entering the final year of his entry-level contract, the Ducks signed Fowler to a five-year, $20 million contract extension on September 12, 2012.[16] For the duration of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Fowler played for the Södertälje SK in Sweden.[17] Fowler re-joined the Ducks once the season began. In the shortened-season, he had one goal and 10 assists in 37 games. Fowler made his postseason debut that Spring. He and the Ducks lost in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings during the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Fowler had three assists.[18]

On July 1, 2017, the Ducks signed Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension.[19]

On November 4, 2018, Fowler scored his first career hat-trick in a 3-2 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[20]

International play[edit]

Fowler represented the United States at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. The team was defeated by Canada Ontario in the finals.

Fowler 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.[6]

Fowler played for the U.S. at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a gold medal after defeating Canada 6–5 in overtime of the championship game.[21]

Fowler was selected by USA Hockey to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[22] He recorded one goal in six games.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Detroit Honeybaked UST1 52 8 20 28 18 4 1 2 3 4
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
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 55 8 47 55 14 19 3 11 14 10
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 76 10 30 40 20 6 1 3 4 2
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 5 24 29 18
2012–13 Södertälje SK Allsv 14 2 5 7 14
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 37 1 10 11 4 7 0 3 3 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 70 6 30 36 14 13 0 4 4 4
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 80 7 27 34 14 16 2 8 10 2
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 69 5 23 28 27 7 1 2 3 4
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 80 11 28 39 20 13 2 7 9 2
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 67 8 24 32 28
NHL totals 561 53 196 249 145 62 6 27 33 14
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 United States
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 United States
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2008 Canada

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 4
2009 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1 7 8 4
2010 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 2 2 4
2011 United States WC 8th 7 1 2 3 2
2012 United States WC 7th 8 1 4 5 2
2014 United States Oly 4th 6 1 0 1 0
Junior totals 20 1 9 10 12
Senior totals 21 3 6 9 4

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
OHL
All-Star Game 2010
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2010 [23]
Memorial Cup (Windsor Spitfires) 2010
NHL
All-Star Game 2017
International
World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team 2008
IIHF World U18 Championships Best Defenseman 2009 [6]
IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team 2009 [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Campbell, Ken (June 2010). "Cam Fowler: Pressure-treated". The Hockey News: 17. ISSN 0018-3016.
  2. ^ Parker, Jim (2009-02-23). "Fowler gamble pays off". Windsor Star. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  3. ^ a b Wiecek, Paul (2010-05-17). "Blue-liner Fowler a blue-chip prospect". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  4. ^ "Irish Hockey Signs Five For The 2009-10 Season". UND.com. 2008-11-20. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Hicks, Jeff (2009-03-13). "What happened to Cam Fowler?". The Record. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  6. ^ a b c d "2009–10 National Team Development Program Media Guide" (PDF). 2009. p. 71. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "2010 NHL Draft Profile: Cam Fowler". Florida Panthers Hockey Club. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  8. ^ Shantz, Ian (2010-05-05). "Spitfires spit hot fire". Slam! Sports. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  9. ^ "Windsor captures 2nd straight Memorial Cup". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  10. ^ Wiebe, Ken (2010-05-16). "Eyes on Fowler during Memorial Cup". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  11. ^ "Domestic skaters, Round 1" (PDF). National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  12. ^ "North American Skaters Midterm Rankings". National Hockey League. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  13. ^ "Cam Fowler worth the wait". LA Globe and Mail. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  14. ^ "COREY PERRY SCORES WINNER IN THIRD, DUCKS BEAT COYOTES 3-2". The Hockey News. Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  15. ^ "Additional 36 All-Stars, 12 rookies announced to the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend player roster". NHL.com. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  16. ^ "ANAHEIM DUCKS LOCK UP YOUNG DEFENCEMAN CAM FOWLER WITH 5-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION". The Hockey News. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  17. ^ "Outside the Pond: Ryan and Fowler Arrive in Sweden". November 29, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  18. ^ Khan, Ansar. "Red Wings eliminate Ducks with 3-2 win in Game 7, face Blackhawks in second round of playoffs". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  19. ^ Dillman, Lisa. "Cam Fowler signs eight-year contract extension with Ducks". NHL.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Teaford, Elliott. "Cam Fowler scores hat trick as injury-depleted Ducks end 7-game losing streak". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  21. ^ Wiebe, Ken (2010-05-16). "Eyes on Fowler during Memorial Cup". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  22. ^ "2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team Announced". olympics.usahockey.com. January 1, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  23. ^ "MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners Announced". Canadian Hockey League. May 23, 2010. Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kyle Palmieri
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Emerson Etem