March 27, 2011
Boston College junior forward Cam Atkinson will forgo his senior season at Boston College to pursue a professional career with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.
"We want to wish Cam the very best with his decision to pursue his hockey career with the Blue Jackets organization," BC head coach Jerry York said. "He has been an impact player during the course of his three years at Boston College and we wish him good luck at the professional level."
Atkinson earned All-Hockey East first-team honors and was one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. The Greenwich, Mass., resident recorded 52 points - 31 goals and 21 assists - in 39 games and ranked among the nation's best in most offensive categories this winter.
He earned Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after he registered four points - three goals and one assist - in four league postseason victories, including three points - two (third-period) goals and one assist - in BC's 5-3 win over Merrimack (3/19) in the championship game.
Atkinson played in 117 career games and totaled 124 points - 68 goals and 46 assists. He concludes his collegiate career ranked 22nd on the school's goals scored list. He ranks 45th on BC's all-time points list.
He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
BC finished the 2010-11 season with a 30-8-1 record, including a 20-6-1 mark in Hockey East play. The Eagles captured the Beanpot title, the Hockey East regular-season title and the league tournament championship.