Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Colin Campbell
Believe it or not, the NHL's Executive Vice-President and Director of Hockey Operations once played the game under a simpler moniker-plugger. He played junior in Peterborough under head coach Roger Neilson but went to the WHA initially before joining the Penguins in the NHL. In all, he dressed for five teams, accumulating more than 100 penalty minutes almost every season he played.

"Colin is afraid of no one," coach Glen Sather said of his new charge when he arrived in Edmonton. True enough, Campbell fought for the team, hit, checked, disturbed, and harassed his way to a regular job for more than a decade. His coach at one time in Vancouver, Harry Neale, saw him as a potential bench boss himself.

In 1985, Neale now in Detroit and Campbell not getting any younger, the player retired to become Neale's assistant. He moved on to the Rangers in 1990 in the same capacity, winning a Cup on Broadway under head man Mike Keenan. That summer, when Keenan bolted to St. Louis, Campbell became New York's head coach, a position he held for four years. In 1998, he was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs, but the NHL hired him to adjudicate nefarious on-ice actions by players. Under his reign so far, Campbell has handed out increasingly lengthy suspensions, culminating with a one-year ban for Marty McSorley, the longest such suspension in league history.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Tillsonburg Tigers OHA-C
1970-71 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 59 5 18 23 160 5 0 2 2 22
1971-72 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 50 2 23 25 158 15 2 9 11 59
1971-72 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 3 0 2 2 6
1972-73 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 60 7 40 47 189
1973-74 Vancouver Blazers WHA 78 3 20 23 191
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 59 4 15 19 172 +28 9 1 3 4 21
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 15 1 3 4 55
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 7 10 17 105 -4 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 54 3 8 11 67 -22
1976-77 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 7 1 2 3 9
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 1 9 10 103 -19
1978-79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 2 18 20 137 +14 7 1 4 5 30
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 2 11 13 196 -18 3 0 0 0 11
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 1 8 9 75 +10 3 0 1 1 9
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 0 8 8 131 +4 16 2 2 4 89
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 1 7 8 74 +2
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 3 4 7 108 0 4 0 0 0 21
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 1 5 6 124 -14
NHL Totals 636 25 103 128 1292 45 4 10 14 181


Selected by Vancouver (WHA) in 1973 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1973. Loaned to Colorado by Pittsburgh for the 1976-77 season to complete transaction that sent Simon Nolet and Michel Plasse to Colorado as compensation for Pittsburgh's signing of free agent Dennis Herron, September 1, 1976. Loaned to Oklahoma City (CHL) by Pittsburgh, January, 1977. Claimed by Edmonton from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Claimed by Vancouver from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 10, 1980. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, June 26, 1982.
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