2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 0-29-4 (12th place)
Final Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 21-4-5 (2nd place)
Final Result: Lost in 8 games to Waterloo in Semi-Finals
2015/16 was a tough year for those playing on the Minor Midget Cambridge Hawks team, but this year’s squad has the talent and upside for a complete 180, possibly paving the way for a shot at the Alliance championship.
Lots of credit needs to go to the 2000 born players who gave it their all every single game last season. The Hawks, who went winless in 33 games with just four points, gave some of the best teams in the Alliance some difficult games despite their record. A Sunday night in Galt against Waterloo comes to mind where Cambridge led after two periods, only to run out of gas in the third. It has been a significant number of years since Cambridge put a title threatening squad on the ice, but this year sees that trend end.
The 2001 team is loaded with great talent from up front at forward to between the pipes in net. In their Bantam season, the Hawks took Waterloo to a winner take all deciding Game 8 in the Alliance semi-finals. While they fell short that night, it proved to many that the Hawks were ready to compete with the elite in the league.
The one name you will continually hear this season from the Cambridge team is forward Ryan Campbell. Campbell, who has been ranked in the top 10 in some 2017 OHL mock drafts, was the captain of the Bantam team and a focal point for the offense. Campbell, who stood nearly six feet last season, was able to use his size and speed to dictate play in the offensive zone and also lead the rush from his own end.
Campbell is joined up front by Bantam All-Stars Nathan Yeck and Kyle Yetman, who both are speedy wingers. The one forward to watch in my eyes is David Anderson. I truly feel he could be this year’s version of Sullivan Sparkes or Derek Seguin, a pure goal scorer who is lethal from any angle.
The defense will once again be led by Mark Cooper even with the apparent loss of Reed Kurtz from the team. Jet Greaves returned in net for the Hawks and will be joined this season by former Hamilton Jr. Bulldog goaltender AJ Scala.
It has been a long time coming since Cambridge has been able to confidently say they are one of the best teams in the Alliance. It won’t take long for them to convince the masses of this and that is why when the Alliance season opens up on September 15th in Galt with Cambridge vs. London, I expect the Hawks to open many eyes very early on.
2016/17 Cambridge Hawks Roster: