Posted by: emmaharger | December 11, 2011

Man of the Day 12/11: Gregory Campbell

Gregory James Campbell

Born December 17, 1983 (age 27) in London, Ontario, Canada

Center for the Boston Bruins

It’s December 11, so I thought I’d look at a guy who wears 11. Then I remembered the Bruins have one! Sometimes known as Soupy because of his last name, Campbell began playing with the Plymouth Whalers, though he was traded to the Kitchener Rangers because they needed a strong power forward. (He is now on Boston’s Energy line; some things never change.) He played 55 games, netted 56 points, went to the playoffs with the Rangers and got the tournament’s trophies for leading scorer and most sportsmanlike player. Aww! Florida drafted him 65th overall in 2002, though he spent his first year with their old AHL team in San Antonio and only visited the greater Miami area twice. However, this began to increase as the team discovered his potential and soon he played entirely for the Cats.

Nice hat!

He joined Boston last year along with Nathan Horton in a trade for Dennis Wideman and some future draft picks. His first year as a Bruin was marked by many highs: most penalty minutes in his career so far, career high in goals and, of course, the biggest high of them all. His father, Colin, has his name on the Cup from when he was with the 1994 Rangers organization as an assistant coach. The elder Campbell once occupied the position now held by Brendan Shanahan but recused himself from any cases involving his son’s team for ethical reasons–in fact, that’s actually why he left. But you know what? Who cares! I’m sure he’s really proud of his son no matter what.

Campbell is the kind of guy who describes himself as reserved, hates people who talk too much and really likes a Toby Keith song (Should Have Been a Cowboy). He’s also the kind of guy who can drop the gloves and score goals: with Boston last season he had 13 goals and 16 assists in 80 regular games, 1 goal and 3 assists in the 25-game playoff run and about an hour and a half of penalty minutes. More recently, he took Pittsburgh’s Joe Vitale to town for messing with Tim Thomas. But he has a good heart–he donated stacks of pies to area shelters for Thanksgiving–and he works hard. Soupy’s a good part of the Bruins.

He also has good arms, no?

 -Emma


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