Raiders' forward makes big impression 
Leading Seven Oaks to the top of the MMJHL

Raiders' forward makes big impression 

Cam Hildebrand might be undersized, but he’s been big for the Seven Oaks Raiders, leading the MMJHL in scoring.
(Kevin Hirschfield for the
Winnipeg Sun)
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In a game as rough and physical as hockey, players like Cam Hildebrand aren’t meant to succeed.

But the 5-foot-7 forward from the Seven Oaks Raiders just shrugs it off.

I’ve been small right from a young age so you learn to put that behind you and play around that,” said Hildebrand.

“I try to use my speed to my advantage and try to not put myself in the situation to have to worry about size.”

The 21-year-old Hildebrand leads the MMJHL in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points in just 14 games and is also a huge part of the Raiders rise to the top of the standings, where they sit tied at 24 points with the Charleswood Hawks.

Their most recent win came Thursday night where they hammered the third-place Pembina Valley Twisters 10-3. Hildebrand recorded three assists.

So far this year, the puck’s been playing with me great and I’ve been able to be successful,” said Hildebrand. Before joining the Raiders, Hildebrand spent time with the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League, and also played two years in Steinbach with the Pistons of the MJHL.

And Hildebrand seems to make an impression wherever he plays.

I’ve had some comparisons from my coaches to Martin St. Louis, he’s a small guy as well and he’s kind of inspiring to watch,” said Hildebrand.

Rob Lazo, Hildebrand’s teammate, says it never gets old watching Cam play.

The two have been playing almost exclusively together since they were eight years old, with only a few years spent on opposing teams.

He knows how to embrace his size,” said Lazo. “He gets into the corners and he’ll sneak away with the puck. He knows how to uses his lateral movement and he can just dance around defencemen. It’s amazing watching him play.”

Hildebrand also serves as captain of the Raiders.

You’ll see it in offensive players sometimes,” said Raiders head coach Andy Williamson, “If things don’t go well for them early in the game, they kind of disappear. But it’s not that way with Cam. Whether it’s the first or last minute, he has a great work ethic.”

The Raiders record sits at 12-2-0 including an overtime win posted over Charleswood.

It won’t be easy but Hildebrand says the team who has won six of the last seven championships can be beat.

“Day by day, game by game, if we continue to play our game and work hard, I think we can be on top.”

(Reprint of original article published in Winnipeg Sun - Saturday, November 12, 2011)

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