Although he’s most likely ticketed for the Bruins’ Providence (AHL) farm club, Carter Camper should get a look in a couple exhibition games this preseason in addition to the upcoming rookie games on Long Island Monday and Tuesday.
As I mentioned yesterday, I spoke to Camper extensively after the second day of rookie camp. Here’s the link to my story in today’s Boston Herald.
Camper really impressed me with his maturity, although I guess I should be used to these four-year college guys being pretty grounded. Here are a couple quotes that didn’t make the story cut:
On Miami dealing with the death of team manager Brendan Burke during the 2009-10 season, which ended with a second straight Frozen Four berth and a semifinal loss to Boston College:
“There was actually even more behind the scenes. Brendan Burke was a huge tragedy for us. We had a few guys lose their fathers and at one point it seemed like every month there was something else we had to deal with. I think it brought us together. Miami preaches togetherness and being close with one another. It teaches you a lot about what’s important in your life and who’s important in your life and make sure you let those people know every day.”
On growing individually from the adversity during four years at Miami:
“I think Miami preaches they’ll make you a better hockey player, but more important make you a better person. And for whatever reason we had to deal with some unexpected tragedies like that. I think I not only came out a better player, but I think I’m a better person and a stronger person. And I’m just trying to take those values to the next level.”
On his 3.65 GPA and CCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award:
“That’s something that was instilled in me at an early age. College was always important to me, grades were always important. And it’s just about staying disciplined. And Miami’s a great school, so it was good.”
By the way, Camper is rooming with former Boston University defenseman David Warsofsky, who was part of the ’09 team that downed Miami in the national title game.
•In my Boston Herald notebook, I led with the story of Zach McKelvie, who’s in camp after two years out of hoceky while fulfilling his obligation to the Army. Here’s a thumbnail scouting report on McKelvie courtesy of assistant general manager Jim Benning:
“He’s a real good transitional player. Because he can skate so well, he can get back, get the puck and be able to either carry it out or make the first pass to get the puck up ice and then they’ll jump in the play to join the play to help out in the offensive end. He’s a good two-way player.”