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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
When, while in charge of the Detroit Falcons, Cameron was forced to turn in a masterful display of in-game direction — ice management, player deployment, line matching, life preservation.
Post-win, he even gave himself a well-deserved back-pat.
Because he’d succeeded in making sure that the team owner’s boy, foisted upon him prior to puck-drop, survived.
“(Owner) Doc Afr was always telling me that his son played at Michigan University – so a hell of a player, right?” says Cameron. “So I asked our manager, ‘Why isn’t this kid on our radar?’ He laughed and said, ‘No, he plays intramurals at Michigan.’ ”
Which is plenty funny, till Cameron is ordered to stick Tamer Afr, only 20, in his lineup.
“Now my big fear is that this kid gets hurt – how am I going to answer to this?” he says. “So I kind of protected him, used him some. He got into a fight, but he hung on and he was all right. I didn’t play him much the last part of the game. But we won and he was all excited. He was all happy. Good.”
Cameron’s reward — a phone call placed to his home the following day.
It was the boss himself on the line, not tickled.
“Basically, he gave me crap for not playing his son enough — I’d embarrassed the family,” Cameron says, still incredulous. “Here I thought I did a hell of a job — he didn’t get killed.”
Dave Cameron addresses the media about Eugene Melnyk’s comments and his time in Ottawa after being relieved of his head coaching duties.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Asked if he was bothered by the fact he has to bench his leading goal scorer in Game 66 of the regular season with the club fighting for its playoff life, Cameron said that’s up to the players.
“They determine it. I don’t. Their play determines their ice time,” Cameron said.
The coach repeated it’s about doing what’s best to have success and Hoffman made a couple of ugly giveaways during a second-period power play.
“It’s about winning the game. It’s as simple as that,” Cameron added. “Every decision we make from the time we show up here early in the morning until we finish the game, it’s all about trying to do what’s right.”
via the CP at NHL.com,
With 2:03 left in Ottawa's 5-1 victory on Friday night, Prust moved into the crease and brushed against Anderson, who responded with a stick jab in the back. Prust then began spearing the goaltender in the midsection and a skirmish broke out.
Prust was called for roughing and cross-checking and Patrick Wiercioch got a roughing minor, while P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba got 10 minute misconducts for a lively wrestling match.
"There's certainly frustration on their part," said Cameron. "A sure sign of frustration is when they're taking cheap shots at your goaltender, who's a real good player for us.
"Cheap, extremely cheap. Prust, I've known for a long time. I think he's a respectable guy. A real good player for a long time. But that was cheap what he did tonight."
Prust did not speak to the media after the game and coach Michel Therrien made no comment.
Anderson was unfazed by the incident.
"He's going to the net hard. It's just a battle of emotions there," said Anderson. "I'm fighting for my ice, he's fighting for his ice. I got a little stickwork, but no harm, no foul."
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