Better Know a Bruin: Gregory Campbell

By Emma Harger

It’s been a big summer for Gregory Campbell–after initial speculation that the Boston Bruins might not be able to keep him around due to tightness on the payroll, he was re-signed with a slight pay raise, plus he recently became a married man. Here’s a Better Know a Bruin look at ‘Soupy,’ as he is sometimes known.

The Basics:

Gregory James Campbell

Born December 17, 1983 (age 28) in London, Ontario, Canada

Height: 6′ Weight: 197 lbs. Shoots: Left

Center, #11

Drafted in 2002, 67th overall, by the Florida Panthers

Joined the Bruins in June 2010 along with Nathan Horton in exchange for Dennis Wideman and two draft picks

The Raw Statistics:

  • 2000-01: Plymouth Whalers (OHL): 65 games played, two goals and 12 assists (14 points), 40 penalty minutes. Playoffs: 10 games played, no points, seven penalty minutes.
  • 2001-02: Plymouth Whalers: 65 games played, 17 goals and 36 assists (53 points), 105 penalty minutes. Playoffs: six games played, two assists, 13 penalty minutes.
  • 2002-03: Kitchener Rangers (OHL): 55 games played, 23 goals and 33 assists (56 points), 116 penalty minutes, +8 rating. Playoffs: 21 games played, 15 goals and 4 assists (19 points), 34 penalty minutes.
  • 2003-04: Florida Panthers (NHL): two games played, no goals or assists, five penalty minutes, -1 rating.
  • 2003-04: San Antonio Rampage (AHL): 76 games played, 13 goals and 16 assists (29 points), 73 penalty minutes, -13 rating.
  • 2004-05: San Antonio Rampage: 70 games played, 12 goals and 16 assists (28 points), 113 penalty minutes, -17 rating.
  • 2005-06: Florida Panthers: 64 games played, three goals and six assists (nine points), 40 penalty minutes, -11 rating.
  • 2005-06: Rochester Americans (AHL): 11 games played, three goals and three assists (six points), 30 penalty minutes, +1 rating.
  • 2006-07: Florida Panthers: 79 games played, six goals and three assists (nine points), 66 penalty minutes, -10 rating.
  • 2007-08: Florida Panthers: 81 games played, five goals and 13 assists (18 points), 72 penalty minutes, -12 rating.
  • 2008-09: Florida Panthers: 77 games played, 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points), 76 penalty minutes, even rating.
  • 2009-10: Florida Panthers: 60 games played, two goals and 15 assists (17 points), 53 penalty minutes, -5 rating.
  • 2010-11: Boston Bruins (NHL): 80 games played, 13 goals and 16 assists (29 points), 93 penalty minutes, +11 rating. Playoffs: 25 games played, one goal and three assists (four points), four penalty minutes, -2 rating.
  • 2011-12: Boston Bruins:  78 games played, eight goals and eight assists (16 points), 80 penalty minutes, -3 rating. Playoffs: seven games played, two assists (two points), no penalty minutes, -1 rating.

First NHL game: Oct. 18, 2003 at New York Islanders

First NHL goal/point: Nov. 15, 2005 at Montreal Canadiens

First NHL assist: Nov. 25, 2005 versus Pittsburgh Penguins

Represented Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships alongside team- and linemate Daniel Paille. They won a silver medal.

Won the Memorial Cup as part of the Kitchener Rangers, 2003. Was leading scorer in the 2003 Memorial Cup tournament and voted most sportsmanlike player.

Spent his Stanley Cup days, July 29 and 30, 2011, in Kitchener and Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.

The Fun Facts:

Enjoys golf, music and playing guitar.

He would use the word ‘reserved’ to describe himself.

As a kid, he loved Hungarian food.

His ideal vacation spot is the very specific destination of Europe.

His personal theme song is “Should Have Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith.

His dad Colin was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers as an assistant coach. (He did not win the Cup during his playing career.) Colin now works as the NHL’s director of hockey operations.

Is intensely dedicated to cleanliness: cleaned the Cup multiple times during his days.

Bruins Instagram takeover, April 11, 2012. Featured in other Instagram takeover pictures: March 21, 2012.

The Videos:

Campbell literally crashes the net–and tumbles over Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters–and scores with his back turned to the net, increasing Boston’s lead to 4-0.

During a blowout of the rival Habs, while the Bruins are down by two men, Campbell grabs the puck and storms down the ice on a breakaway to make it 7-0.

The elder and junior Campbells are interviewed after Campbell’s Stanley Cup victory. They talk about Gregory growing up around hockey, ending the Campbell drought and the pressures of having a father who works in the league’s front office.

“Someone’s going to get beheaded and I think it’s Joe Vitale,” Jack Edwards says excitedly as a fight begins between Vitale and Campbell after some extracurricular activity involving Penguins crashing into Tim Thomas. Sure, Vitale gets the takedown, but Campbell still uses him as a speed bag at one point.–cfk

During the contentious Stanley Cup Final rematch against the Vancouver Canucks, Campbell throws down with Maxim Lapierre after the ice gets littered with tossed-away gear. Lapierre has two inches and ten pounds on Campbell, but the fight is pretty even, no one is taken down and the linesmen stop it eventually. (Then Dale Weise backs off from fighting Shawn Thornton.)


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