Cameron Thomas Atkinson (born June 5, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an alternate captain for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Atkinson was selected by the Blue Jackets in the sixth round, 157th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Atkinson in 2014
June 5, 1989|
Riverside, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|National team||United States|
157th overall, 2008|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Although smaller than most forwards in the NHL, he is known for his great speed, soft hands and excellent shooting skills.
Atkinson was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round, 157th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft out of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. He later attended Boston College, where he played for the Eagles hockey team in the NCAA's Division I Hockey East conference.
In the 2009–10 season, Atkinson lead the NCAA in goals scored with 30, including two in the National Championship game. During one stretch of the 2009–10 season Atkinson scored three hat-tricks in ten games.
In March 2011, Atkinson signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He then began playing for the Springfield Falcons, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. While with the Falcons, Atkinson made his mark on the team by recording three goals and two assists for five points in five games.
His first NHL goal was scored on October 10, 2011, against Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks, a game the Canucks won 3–2. He was returned to Springfield after playing four games with Columbus in the 2011–12 NHL season.
After his return to the AHL, Atkinson was named to the 2012 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team on January 4, 2012, as a result of his impressive play with Springfield during the 2011–12 AHL season, with 15 goals and ten assists through 30 games. He was one of 13 rookies named to the two All-Star teams.
On April 5, 2012, Atkinson recorded his first career NHL hat-trick against the Colorado Avalanche in a 5–2 Blue Jacket win. Atkinson recorded his second hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks to help the Blue Jackets win 5–2 on May 27, 2015. Atkinson recorded his third career hat trick during the 2015–16 season in a 5–2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
During the 2016-17 NHL season, Atkinson experienced a breakout season, recording phenomenal numbers and helping the Blue Jackets ascend to the top of the standings. He was named to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game as a replacement for Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, who was pulled out from a lower-body injury. Atkinson was previously considered to have been "snubbed" by being left off the original roster.
On November 16, 2017, the Blue Jackets signed Atkinson to a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension worth $5.875 million annually. During the 2017–18 season Atkinson recorded his fourth hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers to help the Blue Jackets win their sixth straight game.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||27||7||7||14||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||35||9||9||18||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||79||21||19||40||18||6||1||2||3||0|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||78||22||18||40||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||81||27||26||53||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||82||35||27||62||22||5||2||1||3||0|
|2017–18||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||65||24||22||46||14||6||2||2||4||2|
|2018–19||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||80||41||28||69||20||10||2||6||8||4|
|Representing United States|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2009–10|||
|NCAA All-Tournament Team||2010|||
|All-Hockey East First Team||2010–11|||
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2010–11|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2011|||
|Hockey East Tournament MVP||2011|||
|AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team||2011–12|||
|NHL All-Star||2017, 2019|||
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- Hockey East First-Team All-Stars
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