May 28, 2011
Cameron inspiring Sea Dogs
Ryan Pyette, QMI Agency
|Kevin Gagne (L) and Alexandre Beauregard (R) throw a couple of shots at each other during a Sea Dogs practice on Friday, May 27, 2011 at Iceland arena in Mississauga. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)
MISSISSAUGA — The Saint John Sea Dogs made sure to visit teammate Jason Cameron in the Gatineau hospital with the President’s Cup after winning the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title two weeks ago.
Now, the injured forward is returning the gesture ahead of the Memorial Cup final.
The 18-year-old forward, who’s recovering from a bruised kidney suffered in Game 4 of the league final, flew in Friday to give his mates a surprise morale boost before they play the host St. Michael’s Majors for all the marbles Sunday night at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre.
“I just felt like I had to be here and it’s great to see the guys again,” the Clyde River, P.E.I., native said. “When I got in, I gave them all a hug. I spent five days in the Gatineau hospital and the day the team flew out to the Memorial Cup, I flew home.
“It’s been tough. Me and my family watched all the games on TV and when the team scored, we would all jump in the air.”
That’s a sign he’s doing better. A bruised kidney is no laughing matter.
“I knew it would eventually heal,” he said. “When I go back, I find out when I can start working out again and get ready for next season.”
Sea Dogs captain Mike Thomas said seeing their friend back in the dressing room was inspirational.
“They told me they were going to win it for me and all the injured guys,” Cameron said. “My brother (Randy played with Moncton in last year’s Cup at Brandon) said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I didn’t want to miss this.”
His only uncertainty now is where he’s going to watch it.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I heard there aren’t many tickets left. Hopefully, there’s a seat somewhere.”