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August 10, 1954|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers
5th overall, 1974|
4th overall, 1974|
In Connor's last year of junior hockey, he was named captain of the Flin Flon Bombers in the WCHL and scored 44 goals, 41 assists in 91 games, along with a staggering 376 penalty minutes.. Connor won the Rookie of the Year award. He claims a lot of this success is due to his coach Pat Ginnell having the confidence in him to make him captain.
Because of Connor's junior success, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, fifth overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Connor was also selected by the Phoenix Roadrunners in the first round, fourth overall in the 1974 WHA Secret Amateur Draft. The Roadrunners offered Connor a lot of money, and he ended up choosing the WHA instead of the Canadiens, a move he says he now regrets. Montreal coach Scotty Bowman offered to beat the WHA's offer, but Connor had already given his word and did not want to go back on it. Connor began his World Hockey Association career with the Phoenix Roadrunners before a stint with the Houston Aeros where he played with Gordie Howe and his sons Marty and Mark Howe. He found great success in the WHA and was selected to the 1977 All Star Team. When the Houston Aeros folded he joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1978.
Coached by Scotty Bowman, during the Habs dynasty years, Montreal's was a tough line-up to crack, but Connor did suit up for 23 games that season. He is remembered for his series-winning double OT playoff goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During his time with the Habs, Connor was plagued with injuries and severe food poisoning, and league rules said Connor did not play enough playoff games to have his name engraved on the Cup. His teammates rallied around him and said if his name was not on the Cup, none of their names should be on the Cup. The league reversed their decision and his name was included on the Stanley Cup.
For the Edmonton Oilers' first year in the NHL, they selected Connor as the number one pick in the expansion draft. He played with a rookie Wayne Gretzky, making him one of two players to play with both Gretzky and Gordie Howe (Houston Aeros). Connor was coached by Glen Sather, and was traded to the New York Rangers after one season, learning about his trade over the radio.
Connor battled chronic injuries during his three seasons with the Rangers. He performed well in the playoffs and scored 4 goals in 4 games. He broke his back in two spots and ended his career Tulsa Oilers.
For the first Heritage Classic, Connor was selected to the Montreal Canadiens legends team. He was one of two players present to have played on both the Oilers and Canadiens.
Connor has been seen at charity events, motivational speaking and hosts a podcast, "View from the Penalty Box".
Records and achievementsEdit
- Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadiens
- WCHL Rookie of Year 1973-74 Flin Flon Bombers
- WCHL All-Star Game 1973-74
- Selected to WHA All Star team in 1977
- Adams Cup (ice hockey)|Adams Cup 1983-84 CHL champion as a member of the Tulsa Oilers team coached by Tom Webster 
- Represented the Montreal Canadiens legends team at the historic outdoor Heritage Classic hockey game in 2003.
- Inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Connor's son Kristofer is an actor.
- "2015 Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees Announced". 680 CJOB - Winnipeg's News & Information Leader. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- "Connor, Cam | Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame". www.mbhockeyhalloffame.ca. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- Pinchevsky, Tal (July 31, 2015). "Wrestler Piper owes plenty to Cup-winner Connor". National Hockey League. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
- "LeBrun: Leafs-Habs series would be crazy-good". Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- "Tulsa Oilers 1983-84 roster and scoring statistics at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- Cam Connor career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Radio interview with Cam http://oilersnation.com/2011/4/25/nation-radio-april-23-2011 (Segment 1)
- Cam talks with Reuters News about fighting in hockey and concussions https://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/01/us-nhl-deaths-idUSTRE7806LB20110901
| Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick