The one thing everyone stated this offseason about the veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, was that he would either sign a very cheap hometown discount or probably retire from the NHL.
Brian Campbell has chosen the latter of the two options, and has retired to take a job in the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks.
You can chalk up Campbell in the list of unsuccessful Chicago Blackhawks retreads that Stan Bowman has brought back, but the thing about Campbell last season is that it really didn’t cost the Chicago Blackhawks much since he took a huge hometown discount to come back for what ended up being his last season in the NHL.
Campbell was a very important piece to the puzzle when the Chicago Blackhawks broke the 2010 49 year drought to win the Stanley Cup. Campbell was one of the defenseman on that team that could play with speed and get the puck out of the zone to get it to the young forwards on the team that could score at will back then.
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Campbell was one of Dale Tallon‘s big free agent signings which helped shape the team in this decade, and because of that contract he was traded away to Florida for the legendary Rostislav Olesz in 2011.
Campbell played 295 of his 1,082 career games in Chicago, and it was the only time he hoisted the Stanley Cup.
Campbell did with the Lady Byng (the dumbest trophy in all of sports in my opinion) with Florida in 2012 so he leaves the game with some hardware and his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
He loved the city of Chicago which is why he took a discount to comeback in the first place, and now we all hope he settles in with the organization in the front office for years to come.
Congrats on a great career Soupy!
What are your memories of Brian Campbell’s career!