Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | March 23, 2012

Man of the Day 3/22: Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

Born September 24, 1988 (age 23) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Defenseman for the Minnesota Wild

Our MotD roster has been woefully lacking in Wild boys, so let’s correct that. Steven played in the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers for two years and was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 before going to the University of Michigan (so many Wolverines in the NHL). The highlight – or lowlight, depending on how you look at it – of his four years there is that in October 2008 he got into a scrap with a Michigan football player and had a serious head injury as a result, ouch. A few months later, in January 2009, he was hurt again, this time on the ice after a game against Michigan State. But he was able to finish his time in Ann Arbor in 2010, just in time for the Ducks to trade him to the Boston Bruins. They signed him to a three-year entry-level contract and immediately sent him to the Providence Bruins.

Kampf, what are you doing.

The P-Bruins is where he was at the beginning of last season when he was called to fill in for Mark Stuart, who was injured. He made his NHL debut on December 9, 2010 and scored his first point six days later. His first goal came in January 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and when he scored his first multi-point game, he scored the game winning goal and was made first star that night! He got more and more ice time, even when Stu was sent to the Atlanta Thrashers for Rich Peverley, and he showed that he was needed. Unfortunately, he hurt his knee while playing for the P-Bruins in April 2011 and didn’t get to play with the big guys for the playoffs; in fact, he was three games short of having his name put on the Cup. The team tried to get his name on there along with Marc Savard, but only Savvy got his name on there (the reason: Kampf had spent roughly 1/4 of his season in Providence and didn’t dress for the playoffs). The Bruins said “Who cares” and gave him a ring anyway.This year, at the trade deadline, he was sent to the Minnesota Wild for Greg Zanon and played for the Houston Aeros for a while before playing for the Wild.

When he had his Cup Day, Kampf held a two-hour autograph and photo session, with the proceeds from it going to both Michigan’s hockey program and the children’s hospital that saved his sister’s life. His name may not be on there, but he still had the chance to show that he was a part of the team.

He'll always have his Cup memories.

– Krista

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