CALGARY – Cougars men's hockey graduate and standout Cam Maclise signed his first AHL contract with the Manitoba Moose last week in Winnipeg.
The Lacombe, AB native not only signed his first AHL contract, but also played in both games for the Moose against the Grand Rapids Griffins over the weekend. Maclise made the most of his first games with Manitoba, scoring the first goal of the season for the Moose, and a shorthanded one at that.
Cougars head coach Bert Gilling was excited about Cam's opportunity and was happy to have such an esteemed player represent Cougars hockey.
"First and foremost, all of us with MRU Cougars Hockey would like to congratulate Cam on earning an AHL contract with the Manitoba Moose. Having stayed in touch with Cam throughout this process he is, in typical Cam fashion, all business right now as he recognizes that at this level he needs to prove himself every day.
Cam is a great example of the perseverance and achievement that we look to develop in Cougars hockey as well as the type of person we desire to recruit. We have established a set of standards in this program that Cam was committed to from his first day at MRU. To his credit, he did the work that was required to graduate with a university degree and to earn an AHL hockey contract as an undrafted free agent. And, he did all of this with always putting the team first."
Maclise's journey is unique, as is many Canada West hockey players. The forward came to Mount Royal as a transfer in 2014 after a stellar junior career that earned him CJHL Player of the Year accolades. Completing three years of eligibility with the Cougars, Maclise finished with a Bachelor of Business Admin – Accounting with a 3.91 GPA in the Bissett School of Business. He was also recognized as a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian all three years of his Cougars' career.
Following his season with the Cougars, he received an opportunity to play for the Colorado Eagles and went on to help them win the Kelly Cup Championship. Over the course of the summer, Maclise was offered a tryout with Manitoba and earned his spot on the roster, signing his contract with the Moose in September.