by Michael Lehr

2020-21 Utica Jr. Comets goaltender Cameron Whitehead has committed to Northeastern University to play his NCAA Division I hockey.

Whitehead, 18, came to the Utica Jr. Comets NCDC team for the 2020-21 season and has now moved on to the Lincoln Stars in the USHL. He was the 30th ranked North American goalie on the NHL Central Scouting list in May.

"It feels pretty surreal to be committed to such a great school," Whitehead said, "I'm really looking forward to these next two years of development to be ready for Northeastern in the 2023-24 season. I'm really excited to play at Northeastern because fo the amount of talent that goes through that program that will help me try to get to the next level."

Whitehead spent 29 games in Utica and trained with Robert Esche, a former NHL goalie and olympian, outside of practices.

“I’m very proud of Cam and what he has been able to accomplish over the last year," Esche said. "His dedication towards becoming a better goalie each and every day has paid off, and I wish him nothing but the best as he continues his growth as a goalie.”

Cam said he loved his time in Utica, “I had a lot of great memories throughout the year. I got to spend a lot of time at the rink and with the team and just got to know everyone really well. Especially off the ice with my billets I had a lot of great memories with them and created a lifelong friendship.”

He was drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the 2021 USHL Draft and is ready to make the leap to the next level.