BostonBruins.com – On Thursday, the Boston Bruins announced that they had signed 19-year-old forward Anthony Camara to an entry-level contract. Friday morning, the Toronto native spoke to BostonBruins.com about his excitement in signing the deal and his possible future wearing the Spoked-B.
“I was really happy, but it was just a stepping stone, I've got to keep going,” said Camara, who has scored 36 goals and registered 24 assists in 48 games with the Barrie Colts of the OHL, this season.
“It would definitely be a huge honor to play for the Bruins. It's such a great organization and a successful organization. I'm just going to work hard, do my best and hope for the best.”
Last season, the six-foot, 190-pound winger scored 16 goals in 66 games between Saginaw and Barrie. In just 49 games this season, Camara has already netted a career-high 36 goals, 24 assists, and 60 points.
The uptick in goals, Camara says, is based on some hard work over the summer. Camara’s main goal entering this season was not necessarily scoring more goals, rather it was getting faster and improving his shot. Those things, however, have contributed to his increased scoring.
“I just worked hard in the summer, a lot of dedication – a lot of dedication on the ice,” Camara explained. “I definitely wanted to do better this season. I was focusing more on shooting the puck and getting faster. I felt that if I got more opportunities, got the puck more, then I can shoot the puck. I think it has put me in a great situation.”
Not only has Camara got himself on the scoresheet with goals and assists, but also with penalties. The former 2011 third round pick (81st overall) of the Bruins, can drop the gloves and that is part of the reason why he leads the Barrie Colts in penalty minutes, with 89.
Overall, Camara likes to play a tough, gritty type of game.
“[I’m] just a go-to-the-net kind of a guy,” he said. “[I like to] get in those rough areas, protect my teammates, do the little things right by getting the puck out along the boards, blocking shots, and dropping the gloves here and there...and put the puck in the net.”
Camara does not have the same size of a Milan Lucic-type power forward, but he was humbled when asked if he tried to mold his game after the Bruins’ winger.
“Milan Lucic, that's a huge honor putting me in the same sentence with him,” Camara said. “I think he's a great player and I would love to be a player like him one day in the NHL.”
Despite his drastic improvements offensively, Camara is still working on perfecting his game. That, he says, is something that never stops, especially as a 19-year-old.
“I think you can improve everything in your game right now, I'm still a young player, still trying to get better, still learning about the game both mentally and physically,” said Camara, whose 36 goals rank second on the Colts and eleventh in the OHL. “You can always get better – your skating, your shooting, being aware of the game, reading the game. It's just the whole thing, to get better for the next level.
“[I] just want to get my habits down, do the little things right. It goes a long way if you do the little things right and the next person does the little things right, then it's contagious for the whole team. I think that's a recipe for success.”
Camara, who skated for Team Canada at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, has taken part in the B’s Development Camps and says he was able to learn a lot about the differences between the NHL and juniors.
“[You] definitely have to be strong mentally,” Camara said. “The pro life compared to the junior life is a little bit different, so you've got to adapt there. The game is a lot quicker, so you have to step it up every day. You can't take days off, you've got to do everything right, you can't make one mistake or else the puck is going to be in the back of your net.
“But [I also learned], don't get away from your game. Do what got you there in the first place, stick to that and all the other stuff will come.”