Okanagan Hockey Academy President Andy Oakes announced today that Malcolm Cameron has joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy staff.
“We are very pleased and excited to have Malcolm joining our program,” said Oakes. “His experience as a player, Canadian University Coach, East Coast League Coach and WHL Coach will really lend itself extremely well to developing young athletes striving to play at the next level. We welcome Malcolm and his wife Heather and sons Brett and Logan to the OHA program.”
Cameron, 44, joins OHA from the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League where he led the team to their first East Division title since 2008 and a second overall finish in the Eastern Conference with a 39-26-4-3 record during the 2013-14 season. The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as an assistant coach with the Pats before being promoted to Head Coach.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining Okanagan Hockey for this upcoming year,” said Cameron. “After coaching at both the professional and Major Junior levels the past 16 years, I am looking forward to continuing to work with young, hungry athletes that are climbing the ladder and are eager to learn. Developing young athletes has been a passion of mine and the impact we can make on their lives both on and off the ice. My family and I are looking forward to moving to Penticton in the near future and I can't wait to get started.”
Prior to his stint in the WHL, Cameron spent nine seasons as a Head Coach at the pro level, eight of them in the East Coast Hockey League with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Long Beach Ice Dogs, Texas Wildcatters, Florida Everblades and Elmira Jackals. Cameron has a career ECHL coaching record of 317-171-66, which ranks him fifth all-time. He coached in three ECHL All-Star Games (2003, 2007 and 2008) and was runner-up for ECHL Coach of the Year on three occasions (2005, 2008 and 2009).
On the international stage, Cameron served as an assistant coach with Team Western at the 2013 Under-17 Challenge. He has also spent time coaching at the university level, as an assistant coach with Acadia University from 1998-2000.
Cameron also spent five years as a professional player. In 62 Central Hockey League games, he amassed 33 points (10-23-33), while also adding 36 points (11-25-36) in 88 career ECHL games. Prior to turning pro, Cameron played two seasons at Dalhousie University before spending three seasons playing with Acadia University, where he was a member of the 1993 CIS National Championship squad.
Cameron has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University. He and his wife Heather have two children, sons Brett and Logan.
I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy.