Monday, July 17, 2017

NHL news: Campbell retires after 17 seasons



          After a few months of offseason time, defenseman Brian Campbell has announced his retirement from the NHL. Campbell, 38, last played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

          The Strathroy, Ontario native was drafted in the sixth round, 156th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL draft. Two years later in 1999-00, Campbell made his NHL debut for the Sabres. He spent half of his career in Buffalo, and the first eight years. At the 2007-08 trade deadline, Campbell was traded along with a 7th round draft pick in 2008 (the pick became Drew Daniels) to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Steve Bernier and a 2008 first rounder (that became Tyler Ennis). Campbell played 391 games for the Sabres, scoring 176 points (32 goals and 144 assists) and had a plus-minus of -7.

          At the end of that season, Campbell signed an eight year deal (with an AAV of $7.1 million) with the Chicago Blackhawks. Campbell played just 20 games with San Jose, scoring 19 points (three goals and 16 assists), and was a +9.

          Campbell played three seasons for Chicago, and won the Stanley Cup in 2010. At the 2011 NHL draft, the Blackhawks traded him to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Rostislav Olesz. In four total seasons with Chicago (he later returned to the Windy City), Campbell scored 134 points (24 goals and 110 assists) in 295 games. He also was a whopping +63.

          Campbell stayed as an elite caliber defenseman in the Sunshine State. He played a total of five years there, playing in 376 games. He scored 28 goals and 147 assists for 175 points in those 376 games. In total, he was a -2 there.

         Campbell then signed a one year, $2 million deal with the Hawks before the 2016-17 season. He played in 80 games that season, scoring 17 points (five goals and 12 assists).

          In all, he played in 1,082 NHL games. He scored 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in his career. He was a +63. Also, he has joined the Blackhawks front office, where he will assist with marketing, community relations and youth hockey initiatives, the team announced.

          "I'm excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life," Campbell said in a statement. "I'm grateful to countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Florida, Buffalo and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I'm thankful for this new opportunity".

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