Brian Campbell with the Chicago Blackhawks in April 2009. (Photo courtesy of user Resolute via Wikipedia and Creative Commons Attribution)

Strathroy’s Campbell Hanging Up His Skates

Strathroy-native Brian Campbell is retiring from professional hockey after playing 17 seasons in the NHL.

The 38-year-old finished his NHL career in Chicago, totalling 504 points (87 goals, 417 assists) in 1,082 games over his career with the Blackhawks, the Buffalo Sabres, the Florida Panthers, and the San Jose Sharks.

Campbell is a four-time NHL All Star and won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 — he even assisted on the series-clinching goal. He also won the Lady Bing Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike conduct in 2012, becoming the first defenseman to win the award since Red Kelly in 1954.

While Campbell is stepping off the ice, he isn’t completely stepping away from the game. He’s set to join the Chicago Blackhawks in their business operations department.

“I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” said Campbell in a release. “I’m grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career… The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I’m thankful for this new opportunity.”

Campbell currently lives in Chicago with his wife and their two daughters.