Just named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year and the only player from the conference nominated for the Joe Concannon Award, Assumption College hockey captain and leading scorer Cam Laughlin ended his finest season with one of his finest games.
The senior marketing major from Natick scored three goals and added an assist Feb. 24 when Assumption lost, 6-5, in overtime at St. Michael’s in the conference tournament semifinals.
Laughlin wound up with a career-best 20 goals and 16 assists while leading Assumption to a 15-10-2 season.
The Concannon Award is presented annually to the best American-born Division 2 or 3 college hockey player in New England.
“Cam elevated the play of those around him,” said Assumption head coach Lance Brady. “He had huge goals at crucial times and he was the consummate leader. His great offensive skills set him apart. Cam has an unbelievable snap shot, and his release was the best in the league.’’
A varsity hockey and football player and member of the golf team at the Governor’s Academy, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound center had a breakout junior season at Assumption, a Division 2 team, that won the 2017 Northeast-10 tournament championship.
In that tournament, Laughlin scored twice, including the overtime game-winner in the semifinals against favored St. Anselm’s, and assisted on the overtime game-winning goal against St. Michael’s in the title game.
Laughlin, 24, stays close to the athletic program as an operations assistant. He helps oversee the student work-study program, getting facilities ready for NCAA events, and working as an equipment manager.
His younger sister, Katie, was a field hockey and ice hockey standout at Lawrence Academy and wrapped up her college ice hockey career this season at Union College as a senior center.
Q. What was your reaction to the Concannon Award nomination?
A. It’s extremely humbling to have been considered. I worked out this past summer before and after work and it paid off. And I have to credit my coaches and my linemates. They also share in the honor.
Q. How do you account for your breakout junior season and even better senior seasons?
A. I attended a skating camp and worked with a skating coach the summer between my sophomore and junior seasons and that made a massive difference. I could get to the dirty areas in the offensive zone a lot quicker and understood better where I should be.
Q. What was your favorite hockey moment at Governor’s Academy?
A. My senior year against Lawrence Academy. Our line had been benched late in the game, which really fired us up. But we scored twice late in regulation and in overtime for the 3-2 win. I had the first and the OT goals.
Q. How closely did you follow your sister’s games?
A. I was able to catch three of her ice hockey games this year, including driving to Penn State for two of them. I saw her score a goal against Maine. She played boys’ hockey until she was 14, and I’m very proud of her.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. Working in advertising or marketing, hopefully in New York City. I have also decided to play for the remainder of this season with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League. I have friends who play in the league. I was able to get all my classes to be finished online/over Skype meetings. Otherwise I would not have entertained the idea of leaving school early.
Q. Do you still enjoy golf?
A. I love it. After college it could wind up being my main sport. The past two summers I’ve played in a tournament at Cherry Creek in Riverhead, N.Y., to benefit both the 9/11 Firefighters Fund and Cystic Fibrosis. My fellow captain at Assumption, Brian Farrell, lost his uncle, a New York City fire lieutenant, at the World Trade Center.
Q. Are you involved in other fund-raisers?
A. Yes, our hockey team played a charity game that is decided by the senior players. This season we raised more than $4,000 through selling T-shirts and raffle tickets to benefit the 1Lt Scott Milley Fund. Scott was from Sudbury. He died while serving in Afghanistan.Marvin Pave can be reached at email@example.com