Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Cameron
Brother of Al, Craig Cameron won the Allan Cup with Edmonton in 1966, but that didn't stand him in good stead when he tried out for the NHL. He played just one game with Detroit the following year and then was traded to St. Louis at the start of 1967-68. In the Bluenote, he established himself as a reliable, fourth-line checker with not much expected of him offensively.

His time in St. Louis was divided into two. First, he played 1967-69 with the team. Then, he was traded to Pittsburgh, claimed by Los Angeles, claimed by Buffalo, and traded to the Blues in the space of a year in which he played entirely in the minors! After a second stint of a year, he was claimed by Minnesota and then by the Islanders, and it was on Long Island that his career took an upturn.

He started off as a fourth-line player, but when his checking linemates (Brian Lavender and Terry Crisp) were both traded, Cameron started to look more for goals. He found them. He had a career-high 19 in his first season with the Isles, but the production was short-lived. The drought set in, but fortunately he could fall back on his defensive abilities which likely would have gained him some Selke Trophy votes had the award been around at that time.

As it was, the New Yorkers traded him back to the North Stars for Jude Drouin, and he retired after a year in the minors.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Edmonton Oil Kings CAHL 5 1 0 1 5
1964-65 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 21 5 6 11 20
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings ASHL 40 17 15 32 19 11 6 2 8 14
1965-66 Edmonton Oil Kings M-Cup 19 7 14 21 19
1966-67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Memphis Wings CPHL 1 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 50 9 11 20 12
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 7 2 9 8 +2 14 1 0 1 11
1967-68 Kansas City Blues CPHL 32 12 12 24 27
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 11 5 16 40 -8 2 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Baltimore Clippers AHL 67 10 18 28 40 5 2 2 4 0
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 14 6 20 32 -11 6 2 0 2 4
1971-72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 64 2 1 3 11 -1 5 0 1 1 2
1972-73 New York Islanders NHL 72 19 14 33 27 -38
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 78 15 14 29 28 -15
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 37 1 6 7 4 -3
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 40 10 7 17 12 +5
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 8 10 18 34 -27
1976-77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 79 14 26 40 33 6 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 552 87 65 152 196 27 3 1 4 17


Traded to St. Louis by Detroit with Larry Hornung and Don Giesebrecht for John Brenneman, October 9, 1967. Traded to Pittsburgh by St. Louis with Ron Schock and St. Louis' 2nd round pick (Brian McKenzie) in 1971 Amateur Draft for Lou Angotti and Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Gene Carr) in 1971 Amateur Draft, June 6, 1969. Claimed by Los Angeles from Pittsburgh in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed by Buffalo from Los Angeles in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by Buffalo for Ron Anderson, October 2, 1970. Claimed on waivers by Minnesota from St. Louis, October 1, 1971. Claimed by NY Islanders from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to Minnesota by NY Islanders for Jude Drouin, January 7, 1975.
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