April 6, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Miami University senior forward Carter Camper has signed an entry-level deal with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) Wednesday morning. A free agent out of college, Camper reported to Providence, R.I. Tuesday night and will begin his professional career with the Bruins’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Providence Bruins, this weekend.
“I’ve been talking to teams since the season ended. It all happened pretty quickly,” Camper said. “I’m extremely excited. It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Bruins organization.”
Camper, a native of Rocky River, Ohio, finished his career at Miami as the second leading scorer in school history with 183 points, totaling at least 40 points all four seasons in Oxford, and was the NCAA’s career scoring leader over the last four years. The 2010-11 captain for Miami also closed his RedHawk career ranked second in assists with 114 and tied for seventh with 69 career goals, including 31 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals, both of which rank third all-time at Miami.
Camper was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award this year, the second time he’s been named a finalist (2009), and was a First-Team All-CCHA selection for the second time in his career this year as well. He was named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in March and is a finalist for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is announced Thursday.
This past season, Camper put up career numbers, ranking fourth nationally with a career-best 57 points while ranking third in the country with 38 assists and a 1.46 points per game average. He recorded a point in 32 of 39 games this year, including 16 multi-point games, while being named National Player of the Month for October. An All-American in 2009, Camper led Miami to its first Mason Cup this year while ranking second in CCHA play with 39 points and 28 assists.
Camper is scheduled to make his professional debut with the Providence Bruins Friday when they host the Portland (Maine) Pirates at 7:05 p.m. The Bruins also play at Springfield (Mass.) Saturday and close out the season Sunday, April 10 by hosting Manchester. Following the end of the season Sunday, Camper will return to Oxford but will attend the Boston Bruins’ rookie camp this summer with a chance to earn a roster spot on the NHL club.
Details of the contract were not released.