Where Are They Now Feature: Just Getting Started

This week, Karen’s Print Rite presents an update on alumni at the very beginning of their professional careers.

With only the Frozen Four remaining on this season’s college hockey schedule, some former Black Hawks are making the transition from the NCAA to professional hockey.

Three Waterloo stars have signed on, swapping college colors for new sweaters which come with paychecks.  Here is a look at the group:

Eamon McAdam

Departing after three years at Penn State, McAdam signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders.  In order to save the first year of that pact for the 2016/17 season, he concurrently signed a try-out agreement with the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

If there was a location to hold a Black Hawks goaltending alumni convention, Bridgeport would be a strong choice.  McAdam’s former Waterloo teammate, Stephon Williams, has spent much of the season with the Sound Tigers, posting a 13-11-1 record with one shutout in 25 appearances.  This is Williams’ first full professional season.  For good measure, Parker Milner has also made five appearances for Bridgeport this year.

McAdam has yet to make his pro debut.  The Sound Tigers have six games remaining, including the season finale a week from Sunday against the Providence Bruins.

Mark Naclerio

Should McAdam take the crease against Providence, there is the distinct possibility that he will be called on to turn away a shot from his 2011/12 Waterloo teammate Mark Naclerio.

Signing with Providence when the Brown University schedule ended in March, Naclerio has given a good showing during a handful of appearance.  He made his debut nearly a month ago and scored his first AHL goal last Friday during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Hershey Bears.  All totaled, Naclerio has played in four games with one point and a +2 plus/minus differential.

Over four years at Brown, Naclerio appeared in 129 games and recorded 67 points.

Tony Cameranesi

Naclerio’s first pro game was against the Toronto Marlies.  Three weeks later, the Marlies had a former Black Hawk of their own.

Tony Cameranesi was a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick the summer before he came to Waterloo.  He signed with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate after completing a stellar four-year career with the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Cameranesi was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer during three of his four years in the program.

When he took the ice for the first time as a professional Friday, he had a relatively quiet evening, as the Marlies edged the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3.  The next night at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins, Cameranesi had the game-winning goal in a 6-3 decision.  Toronto goes back to work tomorrow against the Lake Erie Monsters.

Where Are They Now is presented by Karen’s Print Rite.  Tony Cameranesi image courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletics Department.

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