College hockey dreams for most Massachusetts kids involve playing in the famed Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden or suiting up at another Hockey East school.
Growing up in North Reading, Mass., Cam Knight was no different as he had plenty of exposure to the college game. Knight’s dad went to Northeastern and took him to many games at Boston College and Boston University. Many of his friends did the same and had those college dreams of their own.
Knight, an Alabama Huntsville senior defenseman, had his mind set on what has long been called the top Division 1 conference in the country and was on the Hockey East path when he first stepped onto the ice at Lawrence Academy in 2012. But a case of pancreatitis derailed his first of two prep seasons and ultimately led him down a new road to the next level.
“I was having a really good season, and I got it about six games in,” Knight recalled. “I was in the hospital for two weeks and lost 35 pounds. After that, Lawrence was just me trying to get back to a healthy position to play hockey and get a scholarship.”