Dave Cameron was promoted to the position of head coach on Dec. 8, 2014, while in the midst of his fourth season with the Senators after originally being appointed to the role of assistant coach with the club on June 23, 2011. In 55 games behind the Senators’ bench in 2014-15, he helped the club to a record of 32-15-8 to ultimately overcome a 14-point deficit in the Eastern Conference standings and qualify for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He earned the first victory of his NHL head coaching career on Dec. 13, 2014, at Boston (3-2 SOW) and will enter the 2015-16 campaign ranking seventh among Senators head coaches with 32 victories.
Prior to being hired in Ottawa, Cameron had spent the previous four seasons as the head coach and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. In four years with Mississauga, the club posted a record of 165-91-16 over 272 regular-season games. In his final season with the Majors in 2010-11, he led the team to both the OHL championship series as well as the to the championship game of the Memorial Cup.
A native of Kildare Capes, P.E.I, Cameron served as the head coach for Canada’s national junior team at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, N.Y, where the team earned a silver medal. He was also an associate coach for the national junior team in 2010, winning a silver medal in Regina/Saskatoon after winning a goal medal as an assistant coach in 2009 when the tournament was held in Ottawa.
Prior to joining the OHL’s Majors, Cameron spent three seasons in the Senators organization as the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators. In three years with Binghamton, the team posted a 105-106-29 record over 240 regular-season games. He helped the B-Sens to the F.G. “Teddy” Oke Trophy as the East Division’s regular-season champions ahead of being eliminated in six games in his lone appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs – a 2005 post-season defeat to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Cameron arrived in Binghamton following a four-year tenure with the Ontario Hockey League’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, where he served as both head coach and director of hockey operations. In four years with Toronto, Cameron posted a 145-87-30-10 record. His first major junior coaching experience saw him serve as head coach of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for two seasons (1997-98 and 1998-99) where he compiled a record of 51-63-15-5. In 10 full seasons as a head coach in the OHL, Cameron registered a mark of 361-241-45-31 over 678 regular-season contests. He also posted a 68-58 record over 126 post-season games.
In additional international experience, Cameron served as head coach of Canada’s national men’s summer gold medal-winning under-18 team at the 2004 U-18 Junior World Cup in Slovakia after previously serving as an assistant coach with the Canadian team which finished fourth at the 2003 tournament.
As a player, Cameron appeared in 168 National Hockey League games, recording 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) with the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils between 1981 and 1984. He was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the eighth round (135th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft.
Cameron and his wife Kelly, live in Stittsville and have two boys, Connor and Ben.