#5 North American Skater
- Position: Defenseman
- Shoots: Left
- Height: 6' 1"
- Weight: 190
- Born: December 5, 1991
- Hometown: Northville, MI
The NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 25-26 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on Versus, NHL Network and TSN. Prior to the draft, tampabaylightning.com caught up with Cam Fowler to ask him a few questions.
TBL: You’ve worked an awful lot to get to this point and now the day has finally arrived. Can you take us through what type of experience this has been for you leading up to Friday’s Draft?
CF: It’s a bit of a dream come true for me. Any kid that laces up the skates has set goals to try and make it to the NHL some day and to make a living doing something that he loves, so this is a really exciting time for me, my family, my friends, and it is something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life. When I get out to Los Angeles, I’m really going to take it all in and try to enjoy the moment as much as I can.
TBL: What and who is your Draft Day Party going to entail on Friday when the big moment arrives?
CF: I’ve got about 14 people coming. I have my immediate family obviously, then my two best friends and my girlfriend. My aunt and my uncle will also be there with my cousin and my host family who I lived with while playing in Windsor this past year was kind enough to come as well. It’s quite a group.
TBL: In the days leading up the Draft, have you ever thought about what team might select you?
CF: Honestly, no not really. I haven’t ever had a favorite team since I was real little, and I’ve just kind of been an overall hockey fan my entire life. Now that things are starting to settle in, and just the fact that an NHL team is going to take the podium and call my name is a feeling within itself. I haven’t given any thought into who I think it’s going to be, I just think it’s going to be an amazing opportunity and it is something I am really excited for.
TBL: Cam, if you don’t mind, let’s put you on the spot here since you have never really thought about it, and ask you what you think it would be like to play in Tampa Bay?
CF: I think it would be a great experience. You have some young talent there with Stamkos and Hedman, and with Steve Yzerman just being named as the General Manager I think it’s great and I definitely think hockey’s popularity is on the rise down there in Florida and in that area. You can see it more now. More and more kids are starting to play in warm areas, so I think it would be great and I think the Lightning are definitely a team with a bright future.
TBL: What advice have you heard regarding Draft Day and the emotions involved in the entire process?
CF: I haven’t heard from any NHL players, but I talked to one of my best friends who I played with at Nationals. He told me a little bit what the Draft process was like and told me I would have the time of my life. It’s something that I will always remember for the rest of my life. I’m hoping that I can just soak it all in and try to control my emotions. I don’t want to get too nervous or too anxious, but I have to remember to just believe that I will end up in the right situation with the right team. I have to stay patient and just wait for things to unfold, but most importantly I was told to enjoy it.