Humans of Northwood: Cam Abel ’23

“I started playing hockey when I was really little because my dad played in college. I’ve loved hockey since I started playing, I’ve always been excited for hockey season, and when I saw an opportunity to come here and play year-round, I decided to take advantage of it. I came midway through my sophomore year because my old team chose not to have a season because of COVID, so I decided I needed somewhere to go in January. My dad played with Mr. Spear in college, and that’s how I found out about Northwood, and I never looked back. I’m pretty happy I came.

“Just being in Lake Placid is pretty amazing. It’s also one big turn-on for the school that it’s here. I used to come up for hockey tournaments and loved it, and having the ability to be up here almost year-round has been really fun. I love the outdoors and being in a place where basically all you do is be outdoors – I love that! I love skating on the lake, hiking up mountains, and mountain day is pretty fun. It’s one of my favorite parts of the year. Last year I hiked up Marcy, and it was awesome. But yeah, just being in nature a lot and having the friends you meet in town, just doing all that has been fun.

“I’m going to Providence College [next year]. Hopefully, I will play club hockey there, but I’m really looking forward to being in the city. It’s a much different environment. It’s a pretty small college, so hopefully, it’ll be a lot like Northwood, where you know a lot of people and you sort of say hi as you pass them. Hopefully, I’ll have a good time there. I have no idea what I want to do after that. I’m excited for Providence.

“My hometown Williamstown [Massachusetts] is a lot like Lake Placid. Really small town with lots of tourists. College students make it interesting when they’re there. The town gains about half its population when the students are here, which is fun, and I couldn’t be happier growing up there. It’s a lot like here. You know everyone, it’s safe, you can be outside, your parents can just let you go free, and they don’t have to worry about you. I’m thankful I got to grow up in a place like that. Especially growing up, being able to use the college facilities, messing around on the turf, the basketball court, and the hockey rink has been pretty awesome. I’m lucky to have grown up there.

“In these last few months, I really want to focus on just the friends I’ve made here, finishing out the time with them, and just hanging out and enjoying my last little bit here because I’ve loved this place, and I mean, I would stay here another 3 years if I could. I’m finishing hockey season in a few weeks and playing some golf this spring. I want to enjoy the outdoors a little more. I want to have some fun with my friends and try and enjoy these last few months together.”

As told to Gus Garvey ’25. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.



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