CHARLOTTETOWN — UPEI has added two familiar names to its roster for the upcoming season, says UPEI men’s hockey coach Forbes (Forbie) MacPherson.
“Randy Cameron and Matt Boyle, who are well known in hockey circles on the Island, have committed to the UPEI men’s hockey program. When our coaching staff began to compile a list of possible recruits for the upcoming season, Matt and Randy were immediately placed at the top of our list,” MacPherson said.
Cameron, son of Dave and Miriam Cameron of Clyde River, played four seasons with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The five-foot-11, 190-pound centre had a career-best 68 points last season and added another 21 in the playoffs in helping Moncton to the league title. As a Wildcat, the 2007 fifth-round draft choice of Detroit (148th overall) collected 197 points.
“I was talking with a bunch of schools and UPEI came after me really hard,” Cameron said. “I got a good feeling from Forbie that the team is heading in the right direction and looks to challenge for a championship.
“I won a championship with Moncton and it would be great to win another championship at UPEI.”
“Randy is a top-six forward that will make an immediate impact on our program,” noted MacPherson. “He was one of the most sought-after recruits in our conference. Of all of his strengths and qualities as a player, the one intangible that attracted us to Randy is that he is a winner. Winning is contagious, and we expect Randy to bring that to our program.”
Matt Boyle, the son of Geoff and Diane Boyle of West Royalty, played last year with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He also played six playoff games for the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League. The six-foot, 205-pound defenceman spent the three previous years with the Moncton Wildcats, playing with Cameron and UPEI goaltender Jhase Sniderman.
“The hockey program at UPEI has made a big jump recently and has become a contender in the AUS (Atlantic University Sport), and it looks like it will be a strong contender this year. That made my choice to play at home easier,” said Boyle.
“Matt epitomizes exactly what our coaching staff is looking for in any potential UPEI player. Matt is dedicated, hard working and intense. He is a complete defenceman, who will be very tough to play against,” MacPherson said. “Matt has some offensive upside, but will be relied on to be a shut-down guy and compete against other teams’ top lines.”