Cameron Walker is now playing hockey at home in Sudbury after two seasons with the nearby Espanola Express.
Walker had his trade request granted by Espanola when Express general manager and coach Jason Rapcewicz dealt the third-year Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League skater to the Sudbury Cubs in a cash exchange.
“Cameron asked to be traded to Sudbury so he could play with his friends and we were not about to stand in his way,” Rapcewicz told Hockey News North.
A 6 foot, 185 pound forward with a 2003 birth date, Walker suited up for 70 games in an Espanola uniform and totaled 18 goals, 23 assists, 41 points. He is a 2019 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft pick of the Kingston Frontenacs who opted to return to the NOJHL for this 2021-2022 season.
Walker is familiar with Cubs head coach Vagelli Sakellaris, having played for him a few years back with the Sudbury Minor Wolves of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.
“Coach Sakellaris helped me develop as a player and get drafted into the OHL,” noted Walker. “As for the Cubs, this a great organization that is focused on winning and player development and given where I am in my junior career, it is important for me to be a leader on this team and help this new team (formerly the Rayside Balfour Canadians) win a championship for local hockey fans to enjoy and be a part of.”
Notably, as a rookie with Espanola during the 2019-2020 NOJHL season, Walker played for head coach Dave Clancy, who is now Sudbury’s associate coach.
To be sure, Walker has a big fan in the man who traded for him, Cubs general manager Jeff Forsyth.
“Cameron is a highly skilled forward who we will be counting on to help lead our team offensively. On top of everything that he brings on the ice, Cameron is an outstanding young man and really adds to the leadership and character that we have on our team,” said Forsyth.