Cam Askew Takes his VJW Talents to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

 Cam Askew in action with the QMJHL's Drummondville team
Earlier this year, Steve MacAdams learned that he would lose one of his top forwards from his VJW ’97 Elites squad.

Considered one of the top ’97-born players in the United States, Cam Askew was drafted in July in the first round (No. 11 overall) by Drummondville in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft.

Days later, Askew signed a contract with Drummondville and began packing his bags.

“We certainly understood that Cam had many options available to him,” said MacAdams, who also serves as the VJW director of program development. “Our job is to develop these kids so that they have as many choices whether that is junior or college hockey.”

Launched in 1969, the QMJHL had been lauded for contributing to the rise of top talent from Eastern Canada. Over the years, the league has produced such NHL talent as Ray Bourque, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, to name just a few.

It was hard news to take, but MacAdams realized that Askew was yet another VJW product who developed through the program as a youth player and was now highly sought after by national and international teams.

“Cam is an exceptional talent,” said MacAdams. “He has a high skill level and a good mind for the game. He is able to make plays all over the ice, which makes him very appealing to coaches at the next level.”

Askew was the first American-born player selected in the QMJHL Draft. Interestingly, the second American chosen in the draft was Noah Hanifin, who had been a teammate of Askew’s on the (now) three-time state champion ’97 Elite squad. While Askew headed north to Canada, Hanifin went west to play for the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

“Our focus as always been on the team,” said MacAdams. “These kids bought into that concept and as a result they grew as players and the door of opportunity opened up wide for them.”

It has been an interesting road for Askew. Originally a Northeastern commit (he committed as an eighth grader), Askew had a change of heart and decided upon Boston University as his college of choice.

It was no surprise that top collegiate programs were interested in Askew. After all, he was an outstanding talent for St. Sebastians as an eighth grader (he posted 25 points in 28 games). He also – along the way – competed for the VJW Junior B team where he scored 21 points in just 12 games.

It was after his eighth-grade season when Askew - at the age of 15 – was selected by The Indiana Ice in the sixth round of the 2012 United States Hockey League (USHL) Entry Draft.

Askew participated in the Ice’s summer camp and made the 30-man roster, but ultimately decided that he was year away from making that big of a move away from his South Boston home

He, instead, embarked on his freshman year at Cushing Academy where he led his team to a New England prep large-school championship. Askew tallied 35 points (16 goals and 19 assists) in 29 games.

“It was a good year,” said Askew to New England Hockey Journal last June. “It was my first year away from home. I made new friends, not just on the hockey team, but in school. I was familiar with the talent level from playing at St. Sebastian’s.”

Following that strong season, it appeared that Askew would either follow his teammates to Colorado (and play for the U.S. National Under-17 Team) or join The Indiana Ice in USHL play, Askew made a stunning announcement.

He decided to forgo his college plans and signed a contract with Drummondville.

Through press time, Askew had played in 23 games and posted three goals and five assists. Click here to watch his first goal scored on September 14.

To follow Cam's progress, click here to view the Drummondville home page.

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