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Two-Year Veteran Defenseman Cameron Hawks Commits to NCAA DIII New England College

Steffen Bell

Ogden Mustangs Broadcaster

OGDEN, UT. - The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the commitment of Cameron Hawks to New England College (NCAA DIII).

"New England College’s strong winning tradition, proven track record of player advancement to professional hockey, and scenic location in the rolling hills of America's “Live Free or Die” state make this an excellent opportunity for me", Hawks said. "In addition, New England College Pilgrims Coach [Tom] Carroll expressed interest in me for the past two years, noticing my ability to defend, make plays with the puck, and all-around skill set that translates well to NCAA hockey."

Hawks, 20, played two seasons in Ogden while accumulating 8 goals, 26 assists and 34 points in 89 career games. He is officially the first commit of the 2021-22 season for the Mustangs.

In late October of 2021, the San Diego, CA product joined the Mustangs and immediately impacted the team when he scored a goal and an assist in his debut against the Pueblo Bulls. The addition of Hawks to a depleted defensive core was vital as the Mustangs turned a 4-4-1 start into a 29-17-2-2 record and first-place finish in the rugged Mountain Division.

"Ogden provides a genuinely unique hockey experience. Playing for the team that has the USPHL’s highest average attendance and most passionate fans motivates you to play the game you love to the best of your ability. The Mustang family's impact on my life will stay with me in my future hockey endeavors. In addition, my academic interests are varied, and I will explore them while focusing on hockey.

Hawks' presence has elevated the Mustangs in all areas of the game, but none better than his detail-oriented nature.

"Cameron has been a dedicated member of our group for the last two seasons. His skill development is evident in multiple areas through his years of hockey with the Mustangs", said Head Coach Kenny Orlando. "His skating ability, puck-moving IQ, and patience are things that now separate him from the pack. Cam will see success at the college level if he keeps the same drive and attention to detail that he has displayed with the Mustangs. Being such a structured individual, adjusting to college life should be relatively simple for Cam."

The 5-10, 190-pound smooth-skating defenseman returned to Ogden for his final year in juniors in 2021-22. This season, Hawks tallied 5 goals and 18 assists in 49 games played. His play earned him Player-of-the-Week honors (Oct. 6th, 2021) in the USPHL Premier West Region. His one goal and three assists that week powered Ogden to dominant back-to-back shutout victories over rivals Utah Outliers (6-0) and Provo Riverblades (5-0).

With only a few games remaining in his junior career, he is ready for the spotlight and to elevate his game to another level with everything on the line.

"When it comes to playoffs, the intensity kicks up a notch. The competition at that point of the season is why you play the sport. As I stated before the beginning of this season, Revenge Tour.”

The Mustangs begin their march through the postseason with the USPHL Mountain Division Semifinals vs. Northern Colorado Eagles on March 11-13 at the Weber County Sports Complex. So, get your tickets now before they're gone!

Friday, March 11th vs. Northern Colorado Eagles| 7:15 PM

Game One | The Ice Sheet | Ogden, UT

Saturday, March 12th vs. Northern Colorado Eagles| 7:15 PM

Game Two | The Ice Sheet | Ogden, UT

*Sunday, March 13th vs. Northern Colorado Eagles| 1:30 PM

Game Three | The Ice Sheet | Ogden, UT

* - If Necessary

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