When Cam Fowler received an invitation to attend the Team USA WJC selection camp in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he was not the only member of the OHL‘s Windsor Spitfire to earn the nod. In fact, five of his teammates were notified that they would be on their way to tryout for their respective national teams.
On New Year’s Eve in Saskatoon, Fowler faced four of his friends from Windsor when Team USA faced off against Team Canada in the final preliminary round game. First place and a bye into the semi-finals was riding on the outcome.
While Fowler and Team USA put a legitimate scare into the Canadians, they ultimately dropped a 5-4 decision in the shootout after leading 4-2 in the third period. The loss resulted in a quarter-final berth against Finland for the Americans, a game Fowler and crew would win, 6-2.
Fowler, a native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, is eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. While he patrols the blueline for Team USA, it his Spitfire teammates who are receiving the bulk of media attention, given the fact that the tournament is being played in Canada. Forwards Taylor Hall (2010), Greg Nemisz (CGY), class=”HFlinkstyle” href=”/prospects/adam_henrique”>Adam Henrique (NJ) and defenseman Ryan Ellis (NAS) are looking to lead Team Canada to a sixth consecutive WJC gold medal.
Through 32 games in his rookie season in the OHL, Fowler has scored three times and has added a team-high, 37 assists. A sixth member of the Spitfires, Richard Panik (TB) of Slovakia, is also at the WJC. The defending Memorial Cup champions are making a strong case for a repeat performance this season.