Cameron Gray Debuts on First NCHA Men's Hockey Defensive Player of the Week Award of the Season

Junior G Cameron Gray is a first-time recipient and the first defensive winner of the NCHA Player of the Week for the 2019-20 season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie; graphic by Patrick Stewart)
Junior G Cameron Gray is a first-time recipient and the first defensive winner of the NCHA Player of the Week for the 2019-20 season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie; graphic by Patrick Stewart)

DULUTH, Minn.--Adrian College junior goaltender Cameron Gray (Austin, Texas/Toronto Patriots, OJHL) is the season's first Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

A transfer from NCAA Division I St. Lawrence University, Gray backstopped Adrian to a 1-0-1 start in Buffalo, N.Y., where the Bulldogs captured the Buffalo State Bengals Classic. He made 26 saves in his Bulldogs debut during a 5-1 win over Nichols (which was receiving national rankings votes in the poll) and then 19 more stops in a 3-3 overtime tie with then-No. 14 Manhattanville. In the championship game against the Valiants, he preserved the tie down the stretch by making four saves after MC tied it 3-all and he stopped two shots in the shootout which Adrian won 1-0 to claim the title.

He finished with a 1.92 goals-against average and .918 save percentage and was selected to the All-Classic tournament team.

The nationally No. 8-ranked Bulldogs begin the NCHA circuit this weekend at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis. Friday's contest is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern, followed by Saturday's series finale at 5 p.m. Eastern.

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