Cam Fowler
Born December 5 1991 (1991-12-05) (age 28),
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
6 ft 1 in (0 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
Ntl. team Flag of the United States.png United States of America
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2010
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2010–present

Cameron Matthew Fowler (born December 5, 1991) is an 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.

Personal[edit | edit source]

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.[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 | edit source]

Junior[edit | edit source]

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 with the Spitfires.

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 | edit source]

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.[14] Fowler was among the 25-man roster selected by USA Hockey to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[15]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    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
NHL totals 414 34 144 178 97 49 4 20 24 12
Medal record
Competitor for the Flag of the United States United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 United States
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2009 United States
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver 2008 Canada

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States U17 Silver medal icon.svg 6 0 0 0 4
2009 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon.svg 7 1 7 8 4
2010 United States WJC Gold medal icon.svg 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 | edit source]

Award Year
Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2010 [16]
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 | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Campbell, Ken (June 2010). "Cam Fowler: Pressure-treated". ISSN 0018-3016. 
  2. Parker, Jim (2009-02-23). Fowler gamble pays off. Windsor Star. Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wiecek, Paul (2010-05-17). Blue-liner Fowler a blue-chip prospect. Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  4. Irish Hockey Signs Five For The 2009-10 Season. (2008-11-20). Retrieved on January 9, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hicks, Jeff (2009-03-13). What happened to Cam Fowler?. The Record. Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 2009–10 National Team Development Program Media Guide (PDF) (2009).
  7. 7.0 7.1 2010 NHL Draft Profile: Cam Fowler. Florida Panthers Hockey Club (2010-05-27). Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  8. Shantz, Ian (2010-05-05). Spitfires spit hot fire. Slam! Sports. Retrieved on 2010-06-04.
  9. Windsor captures 2nd straight Memorial Cup. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2010-05-24). Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  10. Wiebe, Ken (2010-05-16). Eyes on Fowler during Memorial Cup. Toronto Sun. Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  11. Domestic skaters, Round 1. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-06-03.
  12. North American Skaters Midterm Rankings. National Hockey League (2010-01-11). Retrieved on 2010-05-10.
  13. Cam Fowler worth the wait. LA Globe and Mail (2010-06-26). Retrieved on 2010-06-26.
  14. Outside the Pond: Ryan and Fowler Arrive in Sweden (November 29, 2012). Retrieved on February 13, 2015.
  15. 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team Announced (January 1, 2014). Retrieved on February 13, 2015.
  16. MasterCard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners Announced. Canadian Hockey League (2010-05-23). Retrieved on 2010-05-24.

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