It was June 2011 at the NHL Entry Draft in St Paul, Minnesota. When the 81st pick (third round) came up, the Boston Bruins selected Anthony Camara of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. Just two years prior, Camara was the 14th overall pick at the OHL Priority Selection.
Following his OHL Draft, Camara would make the Spirit roster right out of camp. He would appear in 65 games his rookie season and score 6 goals and 6 assists and 96 penalty minutes. He would follow that up in the playoffs with a goal and an assist in 6 contests.
During the 2010-2011 season Camara would play in 64 games scoring 8 goals and 9 assists and amassing 132 penalty minutes. The Bruins obviously saw something they liked during the season and used their third-round pick to select Camara.
In his draft +1 season, Camara had a breaking out of sorts. He began the year scoring 7 goals and 12 assists in 35 games for the Spirit.
On January 2, 2012 the Barrie Colts acquired Camara along with Ryan O’Connor for goaltender Clint Windsor, forward Eric Locke and three draft picks. Camara would score 9 goals and 5 assists for the Colts the rest of the way. He would then add 2 goals and 3 helpers in 13 playoff games.
It was during the 2012-2013 season that Camara had an offensive explosion no one saw coming. In 50 games, he notched 36 goals and 24 assists. He even got the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships. He had 2 helpers in 6 games and led the tournament with 31 penalty minutes. The Colts would go on a deep playoff run – losing a seven-game series to the London Knights in the finals. Camara contributed to the run with 9 goals and 7 assists in 16 games. He also led the playoffs with 42 penalty minutes.
Bruins fans immediately fell in love with his toughness. The love from fans was never more apparent than May of 2013, before he had even played his first professional game. There was a very vocal group of Bruins fans that wanted him called up to the Bruins 2013 playoff run.
With his OHL eligibility expired, Camara joined the Providence Bruins for the 2013-2014 season and would score 9 goals and 13 assists in 58 games. He would pile up 50 minutes in penalties. It wasn’t a bad rookie season by any means for Camara, but things went quickly down hill from there. He would go on to play another 130 games in the AHL and only score 9 goals and 20 assists and 111 minutes in penalties.
On February 26, 2016 the Bruins traded Camara and two picks to the Carolina Hurricanes for John-Michael Lyles. He would finish the 2015-2016 season with the Canes AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers.
The 2016-2017 season saw Camara begin the year with Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. He finally got called back up to the AHL after 25 games with the Wings. He would play his final 23 games with the St John’s Ice Caps.
The 2017-2018 season saw Camara play professional hockey in Europe, beginning with Odense Bulldogs in Denmark. He scored 15 goals and 22 assists and a whopping 114 penalty minutes in 27 games. For the 2018-2019 season, Camara jumped to the DEL in Germany where he appeared in 50 games and scoring 23 goals and 20 helpers.
The 2019-2020 season saw Camara play his one and only season in the SHL in Sweden for HV71. In 42 games he scored 11 goals and added 15 helpers.
That was enough for Camara to earn a two-year contract with Dynamo Pardubice in Czechia. In the two seasons in the Czech League Camara played in 92 games and scored 43 goals and 28 assists along with 140 minutes in penalties.
So, where is Camara now?
Well, he just signed a one-year deal with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL.
Good luck Anthony!
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