Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Q&A with Quinnipiac commit Cameron Boudreau

Cameron Boudreau #22 during his time with Central Catholic (photo by Julie Malakie) 

Quinnipiac recently picked up a late 1999 born defense-man in New Hampshire native Cameron Boudreau who currently plays for the Junior Bruins in the USPHL NCDC division. Boudreau is expected to arrive in Hamden for the 2019-2020 season after one more year of junior hockey. The BobcatsHockeyBlog recently caught up with Cam to talk about his decision of choosing Quinnipiac along with hockey in general. Thanks to Cam for taking the time to do this.

BobcatsHockeyBlog: First off congratulations. What are your emotions like after making this decision?

Cam Boudreau: Thank you! And of course I was very excited to commit to Quinnipiac. It was also a huge relief to finally know where I'm going to be going to college. My parents and I couldn't be happier.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us about your overall recruiting process. When did Quinnipiac first start to show interest in you as a player?

Cam Boudreau: I had been in touch with colleges for a while but no serious interest came until this year. Coach Riga had been at a bunch of my games throughout this year, initially to watch Guus van Nes who has since previously committed to Quinnipiac, but then after the All-star game was my first time personally talking with the Quinnipiac coaches. They told me they wanted to come down for a visit and they would continue to watch my progress.

BobcatsHockeyBlog You said you went down for a visit. What were your thoughts on the campus, the facilities, the setting and did you know at that point, that Quinnipiac was where you wanted to go if and when they gave you an offer?

Cam Boudreau: I thought the campus was beautiful, and I absolutely loved the rink. I enjoyed the new feel that the facilities had. At that point I was keeping my options open but I remember really being able to see myself there. I didn't want to get my hopes too high because I didn't have an offer at that point.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat other schools showed interest in you?

Cam Boudreau: There were many who showed interest, but when it came down to seriously considering me as a player for their program, it was Quinnipiac, Vermont and Merrimack.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYou played the previous two seasons at The Governor's Academy and made the decision to go to the junior route with the Junior Bruins of the NCDC. What went into that process to leave the prep ranks before your senior year?

Cam Boudreau: I really loved everything about Governor's. The school was great but we had just been struggling as a hockey team. I was given a great opportunity to play for the Bruins and it definitely has worked out great for me.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us about your overall game. What are some of your strengths as a player? What are some of things you are looking to improve upon?

Cam Boudreau: I feel that I can skate with and without the puck really well. I can defend well with my stick and believe I can break out the puck well. I'm looking to improve as an all around player and my ability to make plays at the blue line.

BobcatsHockeyBlogDo you consider yourself more of a stay at home defense-man or one that can play two ways?

Cam Boudreau: Definitely two ways. I really enjoy shutting guys down but also love hopping in the rush as well.

BobcatsHockeyBlogYour currently ranked 117th for North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting mid-term list. Have you had a lot of contact with NHL teams recently and what are your thoughts on the draft process as this is your first draft eligible year?

Cam Boudreau: I haven't had too much contact with NHL teams at this point but being drafted would really be a dream come true for me.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat are your plans for next season? Do you plan to return to the Junior Bruins at this point or will you try to make Dubuque (USHL) after being drafted by them in 2017?

Cam Boudreau: It really depends on what Quinnipiac wants me to do. I know they have a great relationship with the Junior Bruins, so as of now I think I'm going to stay where I am at.

BobcatsHockeyBlogIs there a player you try to model your game after?

Cam Boudreau: No not really. I try to play to my strengths and stick with what I do well, rather than what other players can do.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWho to this point has helped you the most to get you to this point in hockey career?

Cam Boudreau: I've always been lucky and had some of the best people to help me get better on and off the ice. Brian McGuirk, Cody Ferrio, Eddie Hill, and Jon Hutcheon are just a few of the guys that have helped me in the off-season with improving my game. My parents have supported me through every decision I've made from going to prep school and to juniors. They have always been there help in any way they can and still come to every single game that I have no matter how far.

BobcatsHockeyBlogTell us the type of person that the Quinnipiac community is getting in Cam Boudreau?

Cam Boudreau: I'm very excited to be an athlete at Quinnipiac as well as a student. I'm really looking forward to meeting some new people.

BobcatsHockeyBlogWhat are some of things that you enjoy to do off the ice?

Cam Boudreau: I really enjoy going to the beach and the lake. Some of my favorite things to do in the summer are paddle boarding, frisbee, and riding bicycles.

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