From Isanti, Minn., to Worcester, Mass., is a long distance, but the Rum River Mallards’ alternate captain Cameron Wellman is more than happy to make the trip to continue his education and hockey career.
Wellman announced his NCAA college commitment on Tuesday, April 30, to Worcester State University in Massachusetts. The Lancers play in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, or MASCAC.
“Coach [John] Coughlin first contacted me by phone early in the season and referenced that he liked my physical, hard-nosed defensive style of play and mentioned wanting to see me play again in person. We then met after one of my games at the Islanders Hockey Showcase in November of 2018,” said Wellman, a ’99-born native of Sewell, N.J.
Prior to his one season with the Rum River Mallards in 2018-19, he also played with the New Jersey Rockets and the Ironwood Yoopers, all in the USPHL. He played in a total of 72 USPHL Premier games, registering a goal and seven assists for eight points over two seasons, including playoffs.
“I had a great experience with the Rum River Mallards this past season. While being a new organization, we made a real impact in the Midwest-West Division, thanks to Coach Jim Jensen,” said Wellman. “He certainly helped me improve and take my defensive play to another level. That experience was made even better by the support of my billet family, the Denney’s. They opened their home to me and made me feel like a member of their family.
“Of course, I have to thank my parents, family, friends, and teammates for their support and encouragement throughout the years,” Wellman added.
This year, under head coach Shayne Toporowski, the Lancers finished a second consecutive season above .500 for the first time since 1997-98, indicating a rising program. Coughlin, the Associate Head Coach with Worcester State, is the son of the program’s founder.
“I toured campus and met with both Coach Toporowski and Coach Coughlin. I was familIar with their success this past season and really impressed with their vision for the future of the program. While I had some other schools that were interested, Worcester State University was my No. 1 choice to pursue the next stage of my academic and hockey career,” Wellman added. “I am excited to help contribute to the success of this upcoming season and make a run for a National Championship.”
The USPHL congratulates Cameron Wellman and his family, and wishes him the best of luck at Worcester State starting this fall!