Brian Campbell joined the Buffalo Sabres in 1999 at the age of 20. Campbell, the young defensemen, was drafted in the 6th round, with 155 people picked before him. Campbell played 65 games in 2002 with Buffalo and made a definite impact on the team. He would spend a total of eight seasons with the Sabres before being traded to the San Jose Sharks. After only playing that half a season with the Sharks, Campbell would sign a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Soupy” would ultimately play three seasons with the Hawks winning one Stanley Cup, in 2009-10, when the Hawks would beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 6 games when Patrick Kane netted an overtime game winner. Campbell would net 5 points with one goal, and have a +11 spending an average of 19 minutes on the ice during the playoffs.
Campbell would then play 5 seasons with the Panthers before ultimately coming back to Chicago for one last year. Campbell had said that he would either spend one more year in Chicago or retire–ultimately choosing retirement in the end. The 38-year-old issued the following statement.
“I’m grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Buffalo, Florida and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I’m thankful for this new opportunity.”
Campbell will take on a business role in the business operations department in Chicago. Campbell finishes his career, where he played in over 1080 games, scored 87 goals, 417 assists and over 880 hits. Campbell took a discount to come back to Chicago this last season and contributed 5 goals and 12 assists in 80 games with an average of 18:27 of ice time.