Prince Albert has always had its share of great hockey players who move on to play in the NHL. While none achieved the success of Johnny Bower, many still had their time in the spotlight. One such person was Angus “Scotty” Cameron.
Born on Nov. 5, 1921 in Price Albert to parents from Scotland, which helped earn him his nickname, he spent his early years playing both hockey and golf, both of which he excelled at.
An excellent goal-scorer, he would help take Regina to the Memorial Cup in 1940, and in 1941, he won the Allan Cup with the team the following year.
In the AHA Inter-League Draft, on June 27, 1941, he was claimed by the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, he hurt his back that season, and that prevented him from playing for the Rangers. Despite his bad back, he did win the Saskatchewan Amateur Golf Championship in Regina that same year.
In 1942-43, he would officially make his debut with the New York Rangers, playing 35 games for the team, scoring eight goals and earning 11 assists, for 19 points. This would be his only season in the NHL, the rest of the time he would play for the Rangers’ minor league teams, playing 261 games with the New York Rovers in 1941-42 (for six games due to his back injury), New Haven of the AHL from 1946 to 1948 and St. Paul of the USHL from 1948 to 1950.
In 1942-43, despite a burgeoning NHL career, he answered the call of his country and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, remaining in the military for the next three years before returning to the Rangers’ organization.
In 1946-47, he would have 29 points in 64 games with New Haven, and the following year he increased that to 36 points in 64 games with the team. With St. Paul, he had 44 points in 57 games in 1948-49, and the following year had 38 points in 70 games.
In 1950-51, he left the Rangers’ organization and returned to Saskatchewan, playing for the Regina Capitals and then the Poplar Point Memorials.
He would pass away on April 12, 1993 at the age of 71. Among hockey players from Prince Albert, he ranks 11th all-time in games played in the NHL, sixth all-time in goals, assists and points among Prince Albert NHL players.
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