ST. PAUL — Cam Recchi added it up and his home while he is attending the University of St. Thomas is the 13th place he has lived.
In the first 10 years of his life, his dad, Mark, played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. During his high school years, Cam played for Cushing Academy (Mass.) and the Notre Dame Hounds 18U AAA team (Wilcox, Saskatchewan). In junior hockey, he played for the Omaha (Neb.) Lancers of the USHL, Maryland Black Bears in the NAHL and Salmon Arm Silverbacks (British Columbia) of the BCHL.
The well-traveled 20-year-old, though, sounds like he is happy with where he has landed. Recchi is one of eight freshmen who have played for the Tommies in the team's first four games.
For the Tommies, they are looking to take steps forward after opening with 12-2 and 2-0 losses to the Huskies on opening weekend.
"I think it was a great learning experience, great to get started and get into things," Recchi said. "Obviously, it was a lot faster (than juniors), guys are bigger and you've got to think a split second faster.
"But overall, I think our team made great strides: culture wise, play wise. I think we bonded together a little bit. I thought it was a great start, especially with the better result on Sunday. We've got to build on that."
Recchi is looking forward to, hopefully, playing a complete season after his 2019-20 season was limited to 20 games with Salmon Arm due to the pandemic restrictions in Canada.
"I was there from September until May 20. It was a long year," he said. "We were pretty much on COVID lockdown the whole time.
"We had like three different quarantines. It was tough, but it was good up there. I had a great experience. It was a great league to play in."
Recchi finished with five goals, 12 points and 12 penalty minutes in 20 games in April and May for the Silverbacks and caught the attention of Rico Blasi, who was named St. Thomas' head coach on April 4.
"I felt like everything he said persuaded me," Recchi said of the recruiting process. "I loved the ideas that he wants to bring in here, to build the culture, build the family. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
Recchi is listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds and Blasi sees a lot of potential and ice time ahead for Recchi, who was listed as the right wing on the team's third line against the Huskies.
"I felt like everything he said persuaded me. I loved the ideas that he wants to bring in here, to build the culture, build the family. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
- Cam Recchi, talking about St. Thomas coach Rico Blasi
"As he continues to gain experience and strength and be comfortable at this level, he’s going to be a guy that can play in all areas and all situations for us, power play, PK, 5-on-5," Blasi said. "He’s got a pretty good stick on him, but he’s just like anybody else who’s a freshman, trying to figure it out.
"I think he’s one of those guys that, down the road, we’re going to have in all key situations."
Similarities to Hall of Famer
When Cam describes himself as a player, he sees some similarities between him and his dad, who was listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds in his playing days (1988-2011).
"I think we skate the same and I still use his curve (on my stick)," Recchi said. "We have a pretty similar shot.
"We both like to play hard, make plays and can score goals when we need to."
Mark is in the Hockey Hall of Fame after scoring 577 goals, 1,533 points and playing 1,652 games. He was a seven-time NHL All-Star and won Stanley Cups with three teams (Pittsburgh, 1991, Carolina, 2006, Boston 2011). Cam remembers going to the majority of his dad's home games growing up but, not surprisingly, seeing his dad win the Stanley Cup tops the list of things he's seen.
"I mostly remember him winning the Cups in 2006 and 2011. That was a really cool experience to be a part of," Cam said. "He would always have me down in the locker room after games and letting me experience it. It's pretty cool."
From 2017-20, Mark was an assistant coach for the Penguins and Cam has skated on the ice with a number of the Penguins, including Sidney Crosby, the two-time NHL MVP.
"I got to skate with a bunch of them and train with them in the summer and that was a pretty cool experience," Cam said. "They treated me so well, the best."
Cam decided not to play major junior hockey like Mark did. Mark, on top of being an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, is a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers, a Western Hockey League major juniors hockey team. Players who play in major juniors are not eligible to play in the NCAA because they receive stipends to play.
Major junior hockey was an option for Cam, who was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League in 2017. But his dad and mom, Alexa, helped him decide to try to go the college route.
"I was kind of a late bloomer," who was 5-7 and 142 pounds when Windsor drafted him. "I was really small. I didn't really hit a big growth spurt until I was 17 or 18. My mom really wanted me to get an education. Me and my dad thought that, with me being small in weight, to try to extend my opportunity and have a couple more years to play and develop."