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Boston Advantage Premier Leading Scorer Martin Commits To Johnson And Wales

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 06/11/22, 4:30PM EDT

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Boston Advantage forward Cameron Martin is ready to cook up something big when he reaches the campus of Johnson and Wales University next fall. 

Although well known as one of the country’s top culinary institutions, JWU is far more than a one-trick pony. Martin, a 2002-born native of Georgetown, Mass., is excited to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the Providence, R.I., university. This of course also includes being part of their NCAA Division III hockey team, to which he committed at the start of June. 

“What interested me the most about JWU academically is that it’s a great business school as well as culinary school, which are both great majors I intend on taking,” said Martin. “Hockey at JWU seems like a blast. I can really tell that the coaches care about their players and their growth in the game of hockey, as well as building the program, which really made me decide I wanted to be at JWU and be part of something great.”

Martin is coming off an All-Star season at the USPHL Premier level with the Boston Advantage, with whom he scored 18 goals and a team-leading 25 assists and 43 points in 42 games, impressive numbers for any player never mind a junior rookie. His path recently has led him from first from his home Georgetown High School to Bishop Fenwick H.S. (in Peabody, Mass.) then on to the Advantage and beyond to JWU.  

“What led me to the Boston Advantage was my Coach Ean Mendeszoon. He has watched me as a player since U16 when I played for the Valley Jr Warriors. He has always invited me to showcases in the summers. Then when I finished up my senior year at Bishop Fenwick, he called me and asked if I would like to tender with the organization and I thought it was a perfect opportunity,” said Martin. “I get to live close to home while playing year-round hockey - what else could you ask for?” 

Martin’s 18 goals were a career high at any level over recent years, going back to his freshman season with the Pentucket-Georgetown co-op high school team in 2017-18, his first of two seasons there before moving over to Bishop Fenwick in 2019. 

“What I felt I developed and improved on while playing for Boston Advantage is my overall goal-scoring ability and creating space to get shots off in open areas,” he said. “I also felt I improved my hockey IQ and where I need to be positionally on the ice. The part I improved on the most was being more creative when I do and don’t have the puck, and always thinking two steps ahead. That’s what led me to most of my success this past year.”

He was also in just the right place to both develop and get exposure to NCAA coaches watching USPHL Premier hockey. 

“The USPHL Premier Division does a great job showcasing players and making sure they get enough exposure from colleges. There is also great competition, and a lot of skilled players,” he added. “I first started interacting through email with Coach [Eric] Graham at Johnson and Wales around February and then started talking at the end of my season in March. 

“Coach Graham invited me to the campus for a visit and I met with him and his coaching staff,” said Martin. “The coaches really like my offensive abilities in the offensive zone, as well as my ability to get shots off quickly and effectively, even if I have no room.”

He visited campus in April, and was immediately smitten and knew he had found his future home where he could best develop both his mind and body over four years. 

“It was absolutely amazing,” Martin said of his college visit. “I love the location of the school, the two campuses, and how well structured and accessible everything is. That’s what made me want to go.”

There’s a couple months between now and when he gets on college ice, so he knows there is work to be done to that point. 

“The parts of my game I’m going to focus on this off-season and improve on for the NCAA level are my defensive play, making sure I’m in the right spots in the defense zone, and knowing where to go with the puck to get it out,” he added. 

The USPHL congratulates Cameron Martin, his family, the Boston Advantage and Johnson and Wales University for his commitment.