Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Campbell
The Buffalo Sabres drafted Ottawa 67's defenseman Brian Campbell 156th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Just two years later, Campbell, who scored 87 points in 62 games in his final year of junior was named the OHL's Top Defenseman, its MVP and the CHL's Major Junior Player of the Year. That same year he helped lead his team to a Memorial Cup Championship and was named the tournament's Most Sportsmanlike Player. The Sabres now knew they had something special on their hands and Campbell joined their farm team for two playoff contests following his Memorial Cup triumph. The next next two seasons were spent primarily with their minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Rochester Americans, though he did join the Sabres for 20 games as a call-up.

In 2001-02 the Sabres were a team in transition with captain Mike Peca traded to the New York Islanders and franchise player Dominik Hasek dispatched to the Detroit Red Wings. Campbell was able to play 29 games on the Buffalo blue line and chipped in three goals and six points. The time he spent back with Rochester also saw him improve his offensive output by scoring 37 points in 45 games before joining the Sabres on a full time basis in 2002-03.

After his breakout season with the Sabres in 2005-06, Campbell's popularity grew across the league as he led all Eastern Conference defenceman in All-Star voting. As a result, Campbell started in his first NHL All-Star game. That season Capbell recorded a career high 48 points and helped the Sabers win the Presidents Trophy in 2006-07. A year later, with Campbell set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Buffalo Sabres opted to trade him to the San Jose Sharks for forward Steve Bernier and a first-round draft pick.

As a member of the San Jose Sharks, Campbell appeared in 20 games and helped start the Sharks' offensive rushes. Despite his influence to his new club, the Sharks were eliminated in playoffs by the Dallas Stars in the second round. On July 1, 2008, Campbell signed an 8 year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for roughly 7.1 million dollars a year.

Despite an injury suffered at the hands of Alexander Ovechkin that limited Campbell to just 68 regular season games and 19 playoff games, the 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Campbell and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

On June 24, 2011, Campbell's time in Chicago would come to an end. He was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Rostislav Olesz.

In his first season in the "Sunshine State" Campbell accomplished what no defenceman in over half a century had been able to do. He was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, presented to the player who best combines sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

After five seasons in Florida, Campbell was an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. On July 1, he inked a deal to re-join the Chicago Blackhawks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 Petrolia Oil Barons ON-Jr.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 +23 13 1 14 15 0
1998-99 Ottawa 67's OHL 62 12 75 87 27 +45 9 2 10 12 6
1998-99 Canada WJC-A 7 1 1 2 4
1998-99 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 1 3 4 2
1998-99 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 1 4 5 4 -2
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 67 2 24 26 22 -4 21 0 3 3 0
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 0 0 0 2 -2
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 65 7 25 32 24 +6 4 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 3 3 6 12 0
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 45 2 35 37 13 +9
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 65 2 17 19 20 -8
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 53 3 8 11 12 -8
2004-05 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 44 12 13 25 12 12 3 4 7 6
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 12 32 44 16 -14 18 0 6 6 12
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 6 42 48 35 +28 16 3 4 7 14
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 5 38 43 12 -1
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 20 3 16 19 8 +9 13 1 6 7 4
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 7 45 52 22 +5 17 2 8 10 0
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 7 31 38 18 +18 19 1 4 5 2
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 5 22 27 6 +28 7 1 2 3 6
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 82 4 49 53 6 -9 7 1 4 5 2
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 48 8 19 27 12 -22
2012-13 Canada WC-A 8 0 2 2 0 +7
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 82 7 30 37 20 -6
2014-15 Florida Panthers NHL 82 3 24 27 22 +4
2015-16 Florida Panthers NHL 82 6 25 31 26 +31 6 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 1002 82 405 487 253 103 9 35 44 40


WJC-A All-Star Team (1999)
OHL First All-Star Team (1999)
OHL MVP (1999)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1999)
Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (1999)
George Parsons Trophy (Memorial Cup - Most Sportsmanlike Player) (1999) NHL Second All-Star Team (2008) Lady Byng Trophy (2012) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), October 19, 2004. Traded to San Jose by Buffalo with Buffalo's 7th round pick (Drew Daniels) in 2008 NHL Draft for Steve Bernier and San Jose's 1st round pick (Tyler Ennis) in 2008 NHL Draft, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 1, 2008. Traded to Florida by Chicago for Rostislav Olesz, June 25, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 1, 2016.
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