FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2021
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – PEI’s Dave Cameron is headed back to Europe to continue his professional coaching career. The former NHL’er who suited up for a total of 168 games during his career has been leading the Vienna Capitals in Austria for the last three seasons as their Head Coach.
Cameron has had a long list of successful coaching tenures at various levels in hockey. The Kildare Capes resident who grew up in Kinkora coached the Summerside’s Western Capitals back in the 1980s and 90s before making the jump to the Colonial Hockey League, then working with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. Cameron would then spend some time in the American League with the St. John’s Maple Leaf and the Binghamton Senators before finally getting the call to the National Hockey League. His first job in the NHL came in 2011 as the assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. Cameron was then given the reins of the young Senators squad in 2014 and would stay with the club until 2016 before moving to Calgary to coach the flames.
Cameron’s return to Europe comes after signing a one-year deal for his fourth season with the Capitals. Team president Hans Schmid had this to say about Cameron’s work (Via Jason Simmonds, Saltwire):
“We really appreciate the outstanding work of Dave Cameron, and therefore it was clear to us that we would like to continue on the path we have chosen”
Cameron has shown strong success since joining the Capitals, making them serious contenders in the International Central European (ICE) Hockey League over his past three seasons. In his first year, they lost in a six-game league final, with the last contest decided in overtime. Last season, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 playoffs during the Capitals first round playoff appearance.
As for this season, the team would finish 17-7-4 (won-lost-overtime losses) for its regular season and the Capitals would go on to be eliminated in overtime during Game 6 of the semifinals by first-place HC Bolzano.
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