Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 64

KAMERIN NAULT: The Prep Year for College? A guy who calls himself a “late bloomer” is at the beginning of what might be the most important season of his career. Kamerin Nault, a 20-year-old member of the Winnipeg Blues, is one of the top scorers in the MJHL. But he needs to have a big year. The NCAA has started to call and he needs numbers. F or the past two seasons, Kamerin Nault has been an offensive force for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues. Last season, he was the No. 2 scorer in the MJHL with 33 goals and 38 assists in 57 games. This year, however, he really needs to light the lamp. Through his first nine games, Nault has six goals and 14 points and is once again, second in scoring in the MJHL. In Game 9 against a good Steinbach Pistons team, he had two goals and two assists. As a 20-year-old leader with the Blues, his job is to score and so far, he’s been doing his job. But this year is a huge year. It’s his last year of junior hockey and he’s had a couple of NCAA teams contact him about his plans for next season. For three years, the 6-foot-2, 183-pounder has dreamed of playing U.S. College hockey and if he plays well enough this season he might just get the chance. “It’s still my dream to play college hockey in the U.S.,” he said, while sitting in the Blues’ trailer behind the MTS Iceplex, a trailer the team will use until the dressing room renovations for the Manitoba Moose are completed. “I’ve talked to Coach (Andy) Murray at Western Michigan and I’ve talked to UMass-Lowell. I haven’t had any formal visits, but those are the two schools that have shown some interest. Hopefully, if I have a good year, I’ll get a few more.” Last year was a strange year for Nault. After leading the Blues to the MJHL championship in 2014, Nault finished with 33 goals and 71 points and was second in scoring to Portage Terriers’ star Zack Waldvogel. Astoundingly, he was not named to one of the MJHL’s three all-star teams. But the snub didn’t bother him. Fact is this 19-year-old star from Winnipeg’s Garden City Collegiate has had to overcome quite a bit to get where he is today. By his own admission, he was “a late bloomer.” “I was a late bloomer because I was really small when I tried out for midget,” he explained. “The first time I went out I was only 5-foot-8. I hadn’t had my growth spurt yet. My second year at 16, I was 5-foot-10. So I started playing high school hockey at Garden City and I really liked it, but when I had a chance to play for the Blues, I’d