|"I’m still going to try to have that mindset," Fowler said. "Now, we’re fighting for ice time. We want to do the best to help contribute to the team. You always have to keep that attitude. You never want to get complacent with where you’re at. For me, it’s just a start. I want to keep that same attitude and work ethic." |
The Ducks made it official today that 18-year-old defenseman Cam Fowler
will remain with the team rather than being sent back to his junior club, the Windsor Spitfires.
Under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the first year of Fowler's entry level contract would have gone into effect if he appeared in 10 games this season. Fowler has played in six, having missed the last six after suffering a broken nose and stiff neck after being sent into the boards on October 17 vs. Phoenix. He has been cleared to play in tomorrow night's game vs. Tampa Bay at Honda Center.
Fowler, who was taken 12th overall by the Ducks in last June's NHL Entry Draft, has logged close to 22 minutes of ice time per game and has a goal and two assists.
“It wasn’t really that difficult a decision,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “The way Cam Fowler
has played for our hockey club, it quite amazes me still to think we got him at 12.”
Said Fowler, "We’re all fighting for a spot on this team, especially as a young guy, I’m just trying to do everything I can to earn my spot. It was something I keep in the back of my mind, but you can’t really add pressure. Just play your best and hopefully things work out.
"I’m still going to try to have that mindset. Now, we’re fighting for ice time. We want to do the best to help contribute to the team. You always have to keep that attitude. You never want to get complacent with where you’re at. For me, it’s just a start. I want to keep that same attitude and work ethic."
|“It wasn’t really that difficult a decision,” Carlyle said. “The way Cam Fowler has played for our hockey club, it quite amazes me still to think we got him at 12.” |
Paul Mara is currently playing in his 12th season in the league. The veteran defenseman has played alongside Fowler at times in the early season and has been impressed with the poise the rookie has shown at the highest level of hockey.
"Being a defenseman in this league is extremely tough, let alone one at 18 years old," Mara said. "There are going be mistakes along the way. But you learn from them and you have to have a short memory. Hopefully, they aren’t too many. So far there haven’t been. He has done everything right on and off the ice to be a great player and great person."
Now ensured of sticking around until at least the midway point of the 2010-11 campaign, Fowler is settling into Orange County. He no longer is staying at a hotel, instead shacking up at the residence of a future Hall-of-Famer in Scott Niedermayer.
At the Niedermayer residence, Fowler has a room and the company of Scotty, his wife Lisa and their four sons. As for the any family rules, he said "Just common courtesy things, like keep my room clean. They run a pretty tight ship over there. They don’t let it get out of control. Scotty told me, with having four kids and having me move in, it’s almost like they won’t even notice me. They have a bunch of stuff going on. The less I’m noticed, the better it is."
Having idolized Niedermayer for quite some time, it was incredible for Fowler to meet the four-time Stanley Cup champion on the stage at the draft in Los Angeles in June after being selected by the Ducks. Now having the former Ducks captain invite him to stay at his home has only added to the rookie's admiration for him.
|"Now that it is official today, it’s big news for me," Fowler said. "I’m happy I have done my part here and that they want me to stay here. I’m just looking forward to getting back out on the ice now, coming back from my injury and getting after it." |
"It’s unbelievable for my role model growing up to open up his home to me," Fowler said. "To meet his wife, she is awesome. I don’t think it gets much better for an 18-year-old kid to move in with his idol in Newport Beach and play in the NHL. I’m really thankful that they opened their house to me.
"Scotty always wants to do what is best for the team. Even though he’s not suiting up for us, he is still always around and a big part of the franchise. He can definitely give me a lot of knowledge that I can use down the road. I expect our relationship to keep growing and getting better. They are basically taking me in as part of their family now. I want to make sure that I don’t abuse the privilege, don’t keep the house too messy and just be respectful."
Having surpassed one big hurdle in his quest to stay in the league, Fowler is eager to get back on the ice now that he is healthy. "Now that it is official today, it’s big news for me," he said. "I’m happy I have done my part here and that they want me to stay here. I’m just looking forward to getting back out on the ice now, coming back from my injury and getting after it."