(FREDERICTON, NB) Cam Braes figures he’s better off in Fredericton than in Boise.
The three-year veteran of the UNB Varsity Reds hockey team is back on campus, after leaving the Idaho Steelheads, of the East Coast Hockey League. Braes was assigned to the Steelheads, by the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, on October 5th.
“At this point in my life, I’ve made some decisions and felt it was in my best interests to come back here and pursue a Masters,” says Braes.
VReds head coach Gardiner MacDougall got a text from Braes, indicating he wanted to trade pro hockey for more education. “He got a taste of it and he just thought the opportunity here, both hockey-wise and academically, was too much to pass up.”
Braes signed with the AHL’s Stars after three solid seasons with the Varsity Reds.
In 82 games, he scored 26 goals and added 43 assists, helping UNB capture the 2013 CIS University Cup and finish as runner-up last season.
While Braes is back on campus, he can’t return to the Reds’ line-up until after the Christmas break. Eligibility restrictions will limit Braes to practices only, until the second term begins, in 2016. He’s playing catch-up in class while getting ready to play again. “I’ll be a cheerleader in the first half and support them and once Christmas comes around, I’ll be ready for the second half,” says Braes.
Along with practicing, Braes is working on earning his Masters Degree, in Kinesiology.
MacDougall is excited about eventually having Braes’ back in the line-up. “Any time you get a proven veteran is a welcome addition to the hockey club.”