"I certainly didn’t know, when I started on this, what it was going to lead to.”
That’s the opening narration in the film “Icarus.” The Academy Award-winning film received a lot of plaudits for shedding light on the Russian doping scandal at the Sochi Olympics. However, it can be easy to forget that it started out as a documentary about an amateur bike race. It’s a quote that can be applied to aspects of almost any person’s life. So, in that sense, Cam Spiro is not much different.
His hockey upbringing in Massachusetts was similar to one you might hear from many players his age. Spiro played in the Metro league as a kid before eventually suiting up for Hingham High School. He might have been a key figure in helping the Harbormen win the Super 8 in 2010, but instead he decided to bring his talents to Tabor. While it might have cost him a high school championship, his parents had encouraged the move in order to get Spiro to improve his grades. “I was just not focusing on my studies,” Spiro admitted. “Tabor really turned it around for me.” The esteemed academy in Marion, Mass., pushed Spiro to put as much effort into his classroom work as he did on the ice. So while he might have missed out on high school glory, that choice did help him accomplish another dream — playing for the Boston College Eagles.
The Eagles weren’t pushing Spiro to make a junior detour, a factor that also helped his decision. Though drafted into the USHL, Spiro preferred to jump right into the college scene. As a freshman, Spiro would dress in only one game. He spent most of the season learning how to adjust to the college game. He might not have received a payoff in ice time, but Spiro still would earn the distinction of being an NCAA champion.