Potomac Patriots 1997 born forward, Cameron Smith, announced today that he has committed to play college hockey for the Dartmouth Big Green beginning in the Fall of 2016.
After exploring several different D1 college hockey opportunities this summer, Smith selected the small Ivy League college as offering him the best playing and educational opportunities. Dartmouth is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) which produced last season’s NCAA Division 1 National Champion and the runner up teams. Said Smith about his decision, “I want to play professional hockey after I graduate. The level of play in the ECAC will allow me to prepare for that by allowing me to play against top notch competition while at the same time I will be getting a first class education that will set me up for life.”
Smith is a genuine northern Virginia hockey product. Before graduating to Juniors with the Potomac Patriots, he played for the Washington Little Capitals organization where he amassed nearly 250 points in four years in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League establishing his reputation as an offensive talent. Smith started his youth hockey career with the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs and also played for the Ashburn Xtreme. Last season with the Patriots, Cameron was the youngest skater in the EJHL- South scoring 10 goals and 9 assists in 38 league games versus players who were often 5 years older. He also scored a memorable hat-trick in an exhibition game versus the EJHL Portland Pirates. This season the Patriots look for Smith to be a key contributor in the new USPHL Elite League. "I'm ecstatic that all these high level programs have seen how much Cameron has developed in tbe past year. He works so hard on and off the ice, he certainly deserves this. I'm sure he'll continue his progress and put up some great numbers this year," commented Patriots GM RJ Zeigler. Teammate Alex Grose echoed Caoch Zeigler's remarks, "Cam is the hardest working player we have both on and off the ice. You can see how much he wants to advance. He's a great teammate; I'm glad I get to play my last year of juniors with him."
Smith is a junior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia. Following this season with the Patriots Smith is likely to spend two years playing Juniors in the NAHL or USHL before stepping on the ice at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena.
The Potomac Patriots main camp begins August 19th. Players interested in attending to compete for one of the remaining positions in the Patriots program should email RJ Zeigler at email@example.com.
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