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Brian Campbell
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Born May 23, 1979 (1979-05-23) (age 38)
Strathoy, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Buffalo Sabres
San Jose Sharks
Florida Panthers
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 156th overall, 1997
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1999–present

Brian Campbell (born Brian Wesley Campbell on May 23, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has previously played for the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and the Florida Panthers.

Playing CareerEdit

Early Playing CareerEdit

Brian grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Strathroy, Ontario where he won an OMHA Championship in Novice. He also played AAA hockey for the Elgin-Middlesex Major Bantam Chiefs along with Joe Thornton in 1993-94, which was the organization's inaugural year.

In 1994-95, Brian signed with the Petrolia Jets Jr.B. (OHA) of the Western Ontario Hockey League. Following his season with the Jets, he was drafted by the Ottawa 67's.

Interestingly, the 67's first round pick that season was Nick Boynton, who would end up being a defense partner with Brian for four seasons in Ottawa. The two reunited 15 years later as teammates with the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Broam 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.

Brian 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, he was also awarded the CHL Player of the Year.

Buffalo SabresEdit

Brian 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, Brian played for Jokerit in Helsinki, Finland and won the silver medal in the SM-liiga Finnish championships.

On January 9, 2007, Brian 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 of 2007 and captain for the month of December under the Sabres 2007–08 rotating captain and alternate captains system. He was selected again for the 2008 NHL All-Star team.

San Jose SharksEdit

The 2007-2008 season was the final season that Brian was under contract with Buffalo.

On February 26, 2008, the NHL trade deadline, the Sabres traded Brian (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. Brian 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.)

On April 21, 2008, Brian was named a member of the NHL Competition Committee on April 21, 2008.

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

On July 1, 2008, Briam signed an 8-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for roughly $7.1 million per year. Fox Chicago reported that he chose to sign with the Blackhawks despite allegedly receiving better contract offers from other organizations.

Brian 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.

Brian 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, Brian 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 Brian did not return to the game. He sustained a broken clavicle & broken rib and was expected to miss 7–8 weeks.

Despite this, Brian managed to return by Game Four of the first round playoffs against Nashville, igniting the team to a three game win streak to knock Nashville out of the playoffs in six games. He had played in 388 consecutive games prior to the injury.

The Blackhawks won game 4, 3-0, to even the series at 2-2. Brian recorded the lone assist on Patrick Kane's overtime game winner over the Philadelphia Flyers as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on June 9, 2010.

Florida PanthersEdit

During the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Brian was dealt to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Rostislav Olesz.

During his first season in Florida, Brian had 49 assists to go with 4 goals for 53 points and only 6 penalty minutes.

He became the first defenceman since Red Kelly in the 1953–54 season to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Return to ChicagoEdit

On July 1, 2016, Brian signed a one-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks for roughly $2 million in base salary with additional performance-related bonuses included.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Bantam MHAO
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 SM-l 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
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 7 31 38 18 19 1 4 5 2
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 5 22 27 6 7 1 2 3 6
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 82 4 49 53 6 7 1 4 5 2
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 48 8 19 27 12
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 82 7 30 37 20
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 82 3 24 27 22
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 82 6 25 31 26 6 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 1,002 82 405 487 253 103 9 35 44 40

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 1998-99 OHL First All-Star Team
  • 1999 George Parsons Trophy
  • 1999 William Hanley Trophy
  • 1999 Max Kaminsky Trophy
  • 1999 Red Tilson Trophy
  • 1999 CHL Player of the Year
  • 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 2011-12 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1999 Canada

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

After completion of the Panthers' 2012–13 season, he extended his availability to make his long awaited senior debut for Canada at the 2013 World Championships in Sweden and Finland.

Personal LifeEdit

Brian grew up in Strathroy, Ontario. His parents are Ed & Lorna and he has two brothers named Craig and Darryl (who played pro hockey in the ECHL, last for the Mississippi Sea Wolves).

He attended elementary school at Colborne Street Public School and the Strathoy Districk Collegiate Institute for high school. Brian also attended Canterbury High School in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada while he played hockey for the Ottawa 67's of the OHL.

In 2003, Brian received national attention in Canada because of SARS. His 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 which led to the quarantine of both Brian and his then teammate Rhett Warrener.

Brian missed three games before being cleared to play again. Neither player had any SARS symptoms.

During the 2011 NHL All-Star break, Brian got engaged to Lauren Miller. His nickname is "Soupy" because he shares his last name with the name of the Campbell Soup Company.

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