01/23/2014 3:12 PM
Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant presents Throwback Thursday: Cam Atkinson
Cam Atkinson played 89 games with the Falcons over three different seasons, totaling 87 points (49 goals, 38 assists) and a +14 rating. Now a regular up front for the Falcons’ NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Atkinson has made a name for himself at hockey’s highest level.
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In 49 games this season with the Blue Jackets, Atkinson ranks fifth on the team with 27 points, second with 15 goals, 10th with 12 assists, and leads the club with four game-winning goals.
Last season, the 5-foot-8, 173-pound right wing began the season with the Falcons during the NHL lockout. At season’s end, Atkinson ranked fifth on the team with 38 points, third with 17 goals and seventh with 21 assists, despite only playing in 33 games. He then rejoined Columbus when the lockout ended, finishing his year off with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) and a +9 rating in 35 NHL games.
Atkinson began his pro career with the Falcons at the end of the 2010-11 season, playing in five games and notching five points (three goals, two assists) and a +2 rating. Before turning pro, he spent the previous three years at Boston College, where he and his teammates won the NCAA National Championship in 2009-10. Atkinson scored the most goals (30) in the NCAA that year. The next season, he scored 31 goals and earned NCAA First Team All-American honors, while also being named a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Atkinson made his mark in the Falcons record books in a small number of games. Among the franchise’s all-time leaders, he ranks 10th in goals (49), sixth in power-play goals (20), and seventh in shorthanded goals (3) and game-winning goals (9).
Cam Atkinson is one of 11 former and current Falcons to appear in a game with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.