Former North American Hockey League (NAHL) player Carter Camper made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. The native of Rocky River, Ohio, played two full seasons in the NAHL for the Cleveland Jr. Barons in 2004-05 and again in 2005-06.
He played in 111 career NAHL regular season games and totaled 119 career points. During the 2005-06 season, Camper was second in league scoring with 82 points in 57 games played. He led Cleveland to the North Division playoff title and a bid in the 2006 Robertson Cup National Championship in Boardman, Ohio. Camper led the NAHL in scoring during the 2006 Robertson Cup Playoffs with 21 points in 14 games. At the end of the 2005-06 season, Camper was named as an All-NAHL 1st team forward.
Camper has been playing with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL) this season and has 14 goals and 24 assists in 53 games. As of February 20th, he leads the team in overall points (38) and assists (24) and is coming off his first professional hat trick which he registered against the Connecticut Whale on February 19. Camper was also the only member of the Bruins selected to participate in this year’s AHL All-Star game on January 29th, held in Atlantic City, NJ.
This marks Camper’s first NHL recall of his career. In 2010-11, Camper appeared with Providence three times at the conclusion of his collegiate career, recording one goal and one assist in three games played.
Prior to arriving in Providence, Camper played four seasons at Miami (Ohio) University with 69-114=183 totals in 156 games. He went to the NCAA tournament in all four of his college seasons with two Frozen Four appearances. In his senior season at Miami, he was a Hobey Baker finalist when he ranked third in the nation in both assists and points with 19-38=57 totals, and also became the first player in the school’s history to be named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.