Ontario Hockey League grad Bryan Cameron has moved on to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL after starting 2017-18 in Germany’s tier 3 Oberliga with Saale Bulls Halle. However, after playing just four games with the Beast, Cameron was placed on injured reserve on November 5, 2017. Bryan is one of nine players currently on the Brampton roster that came out of the OHL.
Bryan Cameron played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Belleville Bulls and Barrie Colts. He played his first four years with the Bulls and his final season with the Colts. He was traded just before the start of the 2009-10 season for Adam Payerl and three draft picks. At the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, Belleville drafted Bryan eighth overall. Over his five years, he scored 184 and assisted on 140 for 325 points in 318 regular season games.
He added 62 points in 76 playoff games, an incredible amount of post season action in the OHL. In his final four years, Cameron reached at least the conference finals. In 2006-07, the Bulls lost in the Eastern Conference final to the Sudbury Wolves in six games. In 2007-08, Belleville reached the finals before losing to the Kitchener Rangers in the maximum seven games. In 2008-09, it was a conference final loss to the Brampton Battalion. With the Colts in 2009-10, Cameron helped the team to the finals before being swept by the Windsor Spitfires.
In his final year with the Bulls, 2008-09, Cameron was a First Team All-Star and was awarded the Jim Mahon Trophy as the top scoring right winger. With the Colts in 2009-10, Bryan was again a First Team All-Star, led the league with 53 goals and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the top overage player.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Cameron in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 82nd overall. However, it was with the Calgary Flames that he signed his entry level contract. Since 2010-11, Bryan has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL, Central Hockey League, Poland’s elite league, the U.K.’s EIHL and the Oberliga.
He started 2017-18 with Saale Bulls Halle in the Oberliga. Cameron scored four and assisted on two in just four games. Despite the great numbers, the team released him. He then joined the Brampton Beast but has played just four games due to injury. Bryan has seen limited time over that past few seasons, appearing in 13 regular season and eleven playoff games in 2015-16, along with 28 regular season and a single playoff game in 2016-17.
The Brampton Beast have existed since 2013-14 and have been in the ECHL since 2014-15. Their first year was in the Central Hockey League and the franchise came to the ECHL the following season when the CHL ceased to exist. They have qualified for the post season twice but have yet to win a playoff series.
The team occupies the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario, the former home of the Brampton Battalion. The venue seats 4,800 and was opened in 1998. The Beast are affiliated with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL) and the Laval Rocket (AHL).
Eight other OHL grads are currently on the Brampton roster:
Andrew D’Agostini – Five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14 with the Peterborough Petes.
Paul Cianfrini – Four years from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Belleville Bulls and Erie Otters.
Matt Petgrave – Four years from 2009-10 to 2012-13 with the Niagara IceDogs, Owen Sound Attack and Oshawa Generals.
Reggie Traccitto – Five years from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the London Knights and Niagara IceDogs.
Chris Leveille – Three years from 2004-05 to 2006-07 with the Guelph Storm (12 games total).
Brandon MacLean – Four years from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Colin Martin – Five years from 2007-08 to 2011-12 with the Sudbury Wolves and London Knights.
Nathan Todd – Two years, 2014-15 and 2015-16, with the Ottawa 67’s.
Bryan Cameron OHL Stats