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Born May 23, 1979 (1979-05-23) (age 30),
Strathroy, ON
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 156th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1999 – present

Brian Wesley Campbell (born May 23, 1979, in Strathroy, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Personal

Brian grew up in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, where he attended elementary school at Colborne Street Public School and high school at both Strathroy District Collegiate Institute and Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His parents are Ed and Lorna. He has two brothers, Craig and Darryl. Darryl also played pro hockey for four seasons in the ECHL, last for the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Brian received national attention in Canada in 2003, not for playing hockey, but because of SARS. Brian's sister-in-law Vagia, who works at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital visited him on March 24, 2003. Shortly after, she started showing SARS symptoms and was subsequently hospitalized. This led to the quarantine of both Brian and then teammate Rhett Warrener. Campbell missed three games before being cleared to play again. Neither player had any SARS symptoms.

He goes by the nickname "Soupy" because he shares his last name with the name of the Campbell Soup Company.

Playing career

Campbell with the Sharks in 2008

Early Years

Brian was taken by the Ottawa 67's in the OHL as a third round draft pick in the 1995 OHL Priority Selection. In 1998–99 he won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player. He also won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL's Defenceman of the Year and the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's Most Gentlemanly Player, and to top it off Brian was also awarded the CHL Player of the Year.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as their 6th round pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first game for the Sabres in the 1999–2000 season, and stayed with the team, wearing number 51, until February 26, 2008 when he was traded to San Jose. During the NHL lockout in 2004–05, he played for Jokerit in Helsinki, Finland and won the silver medal in the SM-liiga Finnish championships.

On January 9, 2007 he was the leading vote getter amongst Eastern Conference defenceman for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, earning him his first All-Star appearance. As a result of the Sabres rotating captaincy, Brian was named an alternate captain for the month of November 2007 and captain for the month of December under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. Brian was selected again in 2008 NHL All-Star team.

San Jose Sharks

The 2007-2008 season was the final season Campbell was under contract with Buffalo. Since the Sabres were fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, his future with the club became a highly spectulated topic.[citation needed] It was speculated on whether the Sabres would keep him in efforts of a playoff run, or whether they'd trade him in exchange for long term assets.[citation needed] Finally, on February 26, 2008, the last day of the NHL trade deadline, the Sabres traded Campbell, along with their 7th round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (194th overall-Sharks picked right winger Drew Daniels) to the San Jose Sharks for forward Steve Bernier and their 1st round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (26th overall-Sabres picked centre Tyler Ennis). The Sharks were eventually eliminated in the Western Conference Semi-Finals by the Dallas Stars. Campbell became a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

Brian also led the league during the 2007–08 NHL season in games played as one of only two players to appear in 83 games, or one more than a team's full schedule, as based on his trade to San Jose (the other being Jeff Halpern.) Campbell was named a member of the NHL Competition Committee on April 21, 2008.

Chicago Blackhawks

On July 1, 2008, Campbell signed an 8 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for roughly 7.1 million dollars a year. Fox Chicago reported that Campbell chose to sign with the Blackhawks despite allegedly receiving better contract offers from other organizations.[1] He played in all 82 of Chicago's regular season games in the 2008-09 NHL Season, scoring seven goals to go along with 45 assists. He contributed two goals with eight assists in 17 playoff games that season as Chicago advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings.

On March 14, 2010, Campbell was injured in a boarding incident caused by Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding, while Campbell did not return to the game. Campbell sustained a broken clavicle and broken rib, and is expected to miss 7-8 weeks, meaning the earliest Campbell could return to action would be the late second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, assuming the Blackhawks are not eliminated. Campbell had played in 388 consecutive games prior to the injury.[2]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Petrolia Jets OHA-B 49 11 27 38 43
1995–96 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 5 22 27 23 4 0 1 1 2
1996–97 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 7 36 43 12 24 2 11 13 8
1997–98 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 14 39 53 31 13 1 14 15 0
1998–99 Ottawa 67's OHL 62 12 75 87 27 9 2 10 12 6
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 67 2 24 26 22 21 0 3 3 0
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 1 4 5 4
2000–01 Rochester Americans AHL 65 7 25 32 24 4 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Rochester Americans AHL 45 2 35 37 13
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 3 3 6 12
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 2 17 19 20
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 53 3 8 11 12
2004–05 Jokerit FNL 44 12 13 25 12 12 3 4 7 6
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 12 32 44 16 18 0 6 6 12
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 6 42 48 35 16 3 4 7 14
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 5 38 43 12
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 20 3 16 19 8 13 1 6 7 4
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 7 45 52 22 17 2 8 10 0
NHL totals 493 42 205 247 143 64 6 24 30 30

International career

Brian was a member of Team Canada at the 1999 World Junior Championships, and was named a first team all-star for the tournament.

References

  1. ^ McPherrin, Corey. (2008-07-08). Fox News Chicago at Ten. [TV]. Chicago, Illinois: WFLD. 
  2. ^ "Blackhawks say Campbell out 7-8 weeks". ESPNChicago.com. 17 March 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/news/story?id=5000549. 

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Preceded by
Sergei Varlamov
CHL Player of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Brad Richards
Preceded by
Toni Lydman
Buffalo Sabres captains
December 2007
Succeeded by
Jaroslav Spacek
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Born May 23, 1979 (1979-05-23) (age 31),
Strathroy, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 156th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1999 – present

Brian Wesley Campbell (born May 23, 1979 in Strathroy, Ontario) is an NHL ice hockey defenceman for the Chicago Blackhawks. He also played with the San Jose Sharks.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

Other websites

Brian Campbell's NHL Player Page


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