It would be easy to say Cam G. ’18 first fell in love with hockey when he learned to score. While scoring is great, Cam would tell you it’s not why he fell in love with the sport. Beyond seeing the score on the board, for Cam, the 2017-2018 Ritchie Hockey Foundation Scholarship award winner, the camaraderie of hockey is the ultimate goal.
“But [scoring a goal] that’s not the best part. It’s what leads up to the goal that makes hockey the best. The grinding you put in on and off the ice with your teammates and playing with your best friends while pushing toward the same goal, along with pushing each other to become better players and people, that’s what makes hockey the best.”
Boys Varsity Hockey Coach, Brian Troy could see that grit and determination in Cam on and off the ice at The Winchendon School (TWS). As Troy tells it, Cam lit up The Winchendon School when he arrived in 2016. Since landing on campus, Cam’s scouted out leadership opportunities. During his senior year, Cam was Co-Captain of the Varsity Hockey team, a Service Learning leader, and a member of the Green Key Society (TWS’s student admissions ambassador program). Cam did all of this while maintaining his spot on the honor roll.
What does it take to become the Jason Ritchie ’05 Hockey Scholarship recipient? The Ritchie Hockey Foundation award, given annually at The Winchendon School, recognizes the hockey student-athlete who best exemplifies selflessness, sportsmanship, determination, a passion for hockey, academic commitment, and leadership.
Coach Troy thinks Cam easily fits the qualities of a Ritchie Hockey Foundation award winner. “Cam will selflessly put the needs of the team first,” he says.
This past weekend, Cam, along with his family and friends, joined Mr. Kerney, Mr. DeLorme, and Mr. Magay for the unveiling of the plaque recognizing Cam as a Ritchie Hockey Foundation award winner.
“Winning the Richie Hockey Foundation award means everything. Realizing I have a relationship with the Richie Foundation for the rest of my life is something I will always cherish. I’m honored to be recognized by an organization creating opportunities for kids to play the sport they love.”
And that sums up Cam. He relishes the relationships he’s gained through hockey. “You look to your left and right in the locker room and they’re not just your teammates, they’re your brothers, your best friends. ”