Feb. 21, 2012
BOSTON - In a season that has already seen two former RedHawks make their National Hockey League debut, Carter Camper could become the third as he was called up to the Boston Bruins from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday.
Camper joined the team in St. Louis and practiced with the squad Tuesday morning at the Scottrade Center, donning No. 58. The Bruins play at the St. Louis Blues Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET when Camper will likely make his NHL Debut, assuming he is in the lineup. The game will be televised on NESN (New England Sports Network) and Fox Sports Midwest. Camper takes the place of center Rich Peverley, who is out 4-6 weeks with an injury.
"It was awesome," said Camper of his first NHL practice. "I felt good out there. To be out there is a bit of a whirlwind, just seeing some of these guys out there on the same line is humbling."
Camper was the only member of the Providence Bruins selected to the AHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30. He leads the team with 38 points and 24 assists while tying for second with 14 goals in 53 games. He recorded his first professional hat trick just a night before being called up, scoring three goals Feb. 19 against the Connecticut Whale.
At Miami, Camper (2007-11) was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, two-time All-American and a two-time First-Team All-CCHA selection. He also won CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior, finishing his career with 183 points and 114 assists, both of which rank second in school history. He helped Miami to its first two Frozen Fours in school history and its first ever Mason Cup for winning the CCHA Tournament in his senior year, when he was a captain. Camper totaled at least 40 points all four seasons as a RedHawk but saved his best for last, ranking third in the country with 38 assists last year as a senior while his 57 points were fourth nationally, both of which marked career highs.
Camper signed a contract with Boston as a free agent following his college career on April 7, 2011.
Should Camper make his NHL debut Wednesday, he would join Andy Miele ('11), who made his debut with the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 23, 2011, and Jarod Palmer ('10), who played his first NHL game with the Minnesota Wild Dec. 17, 2011, as former RedHawks to make NHL debuts this season. Five other former Miami greats are currently in the NHL as well, as Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks), Andy Greene (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Jones (Edmonton Oilers), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings) and Tommy Wingels (San Jose Sharks) all started the year in the NHL.