OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Bryan Murray announced today that Dave Cameron has officially signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the club as its head coach through the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.
Cameron, 56, became the 11th head coach in franchise history when he was promoted from an assistant coach’s position on Dec. 8, 2014. He led the team to a record of 32-15-8 and 72 points over 55 games in his first season as a National Hockey League head coach. The Senators also overcame a 14-point deficit to ultimately qualify for a playoff position on the final day of the regular season. The comeback marked the biggest in NHL history. Cameron earned the first post-season win of his NHL coaching career in Game 4 of the team’s opening-round playoff series against Montreal on April 21.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, Cameron spent the previous three-plus seasons as assistant coach with the Senators, after initially being hired by the club on June 23, 2011.
Before joining the Senators, Cameron spent four seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. In his final season with the Majors, he led the club to the OHL’s best record and the Memorial Cup and OHL finals. In four years with Mississauga, the Majors posted a 165-91-16 record in 272 regular-season games.
Cameron also served as head coach for Canada’s national junior team, winning a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo. He was also an associate coach for the national junior team in 2010, winning a silver medal in Regina/Saskatoon after winning a goal medal as an assistant coach in 2009 when the tournament was held in Ottawa.
Prior to joining Mississauga, Cameron spent three seasons in the Senators organization as the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators. In three years with Binghamton, the team posted a 105-106-29 record over 240 games.
A native of Kildare Capes, P.E.I., Cameron arrived in Binghamton from the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL, where he had served as head coach and director of hockey operations. In four years with Toronto, Cameron posted a 145-87-30-10 record.
Cameron also served as head coach of Canada’s national men’s summer under-18 team at the 2004 U-18 Junior World Cup, winning a gold medal. He led the same team to a fourth-place finish at the tournament in 2003.
As a player, Cameron appeared in 168 National Hockey League games, recording 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) with the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils between 1981 and 1984. He was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the eighth round (135th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft.
Cameron and his wife Kelly, live in Ottawa and have two boys, Connor and Ben.
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