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ECHL: Cam Askew announces retirement

A native of Southie, Cam began his hockey journey with the same passion and dedication as many young players. Starting in his hometown of Boston, he continued to prep schools as he matured and eventually found his place in the junior leagues. His time in the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League was a testament to his hard work and skill as he scored an impressive 100 goals and 112 assists in 327 games with Drummondville, Moncton, Shawinigan and Charlottetown. His move to the ECHL showcased Cam’s perseverance and experience from the junior leagues, which resulted in 86 goals and 77 assists and earned him playing time in 313 regular season and 21 Kelly Cup Playoff games, where he scored three goals and six assists for nine points. .

Cam signed his rookie contract in 2018 with the South Carolina Stingrays. He made his debut on October 26, scored his first professional goal on November 21, and was named the game’s first star. That season he would be integral in getting the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Cam would be the first Stingray to sign for the 2019-2020 season, and head coach Steve Bergin was quoted by the Stingrays media staff as saying, “Everyone was supporting and cheering for him. They all wanted to help him get better, and he was a sponge. He was really open to being coachable and being taught. He’s a quiet man, but I think he’s very smart. He watches and sees how people behave and what they do and I think he will have a really successful professional career because of that.” In the 2019-2020 season, he would be named the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week in February after an astonishing streak of multiple assists and a goal against three different teams. The following 2020-2021 seasons would see Cam continue to develop his skills, seeing his team once again reach the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs before being traded to the Maine Mariners.

When Cam joined the Maine Mariners, Maines head coach Ben Guite was quoted by Mariners Media saying, “We are excited to welcome a player like Cam on board. He is an experienced player who strengthens our attacking group with his size, astuteness and scoring ability. He has the ability to play in our lineup and help out on both special teams units. His best hockey is still ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing him do that in a Mariners uniform.” And did he? Yes he did. He came in hot and had the best season of his ECHL career playing 69 games, scoring 23 goals and 15 assists. That would be his best record for goals scored in his professional career. He would also lead the team in games and power play goals, and finish second on the team in goal scoring. While in Maine, Cam would see the Kelly Cup Playoffs three more times, playing in 16 playoff games, but never got to hoist the Kelly Cup. He had his two best seasons in the blue and green uniforms and was part of the Maine Historic season where they broke numerous franchise records and saw a huge increase in attendance.

Cam Askew’s career has been a remarkable journey from the Junior League to the ECHL. His absence will undoubtedly be felt in his line, by his teammates and by his fans. As he takes on new challenges, we eagerly look forward to his future placements within the hockey community, knowing that his talent and dedication will continue to make a significant impact.

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Stephanie DeLaFleur

Beat Writer on the ECHL Savannah Ghost Pirates, NHL Vegas Golden Knights and AHL Henderson Silver Knights. Follow me on X @StephiDelafleur