Great Britain’s EIHL, because it is a fairly transient hockey league, has an award for Best Newcomer of the Year as opposed to Rookie of the Year. That is why two Ontario Hockey League alumni who’ve been around the pro hockey circuit for a number of years can be up for the award this season.
In this post, we’ll feature Cameron Mann of the Nottingham Panthers. Tomorrow, tune in to find out who the other former OHLer up for the award is. Hint – he’s a former Kitchener Ranger…
Cameron Mann was a Peterborough Pete from 1993-94 to 1996-97. His best season was 1995-96 when he lead the Petes to a J. Ross Robertson Cup victory as league playoff champion and a berth in the Memorial Cup. The Petes hosted the Memorial Cup but would bow out to Grandby in the final. Despite the losing effort, Cameron was named tournament MVP and filled the right wing position on the all-star team.
His 102 points that season was good enough for 6th in the league. His 27 goals and 43 points in 24 playoff games that season was nothing short of extraordinary. Mann was awarded the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy for the league’s highest scoring right winger.
Despite being picked in the 4th round by the Boston Bruins in the 1995 NHL draft, Cameron became a top Bruin prospect in his final two seasons in the OHL. He would play in the NHL but only a total of 93 games between the Bruins and the Nashville Predators.
In 2003-04, Cameron left North American for Germany’s DEL where he would play 4 seasons with Inglestadt. After a season in Finland he returned to Germany for one more season before moving the Nottingham.
In his first full season in the EIHL, Mann put up great numbers with 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points in 49 games.
To view Cameron Mann’s profile page on the Nottingham Panthers official website, click here.