Photo: Hamilton and Campbell
Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell has faced his fair share of adversity, most notably during Game 3 of the 12-13′ Eastern Conference Finals — playing an entire shift on a broken leg. For those that remember, Campbell remained on the ice for 47 seconds, helping to kill a Penguin power play and giving the Bruins the extra body they needed to kill off the penalty. The Bruins went on to sweep the Pittsburgh Penguins and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
While Campbell’s dedication to his team was magnified on a national stage through a 47 second bid in time, it was his resolve to get back in the game that earned him the nomination. Voted on by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, the Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
“Gregory Campbell’s entire hockey career has been about perseverance, dedication to hockey and paying the highest level of respect to the game he loves so much,” said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter forCSNNE.com. “The image of Campbell gritting his way through excruciating pain to finish a penalty kill shift with a broken leg during last year’s conference final is one nobody will soon forget. It’s also the perfect example of Campbell’s dedication to his team, selflessness and willingness to give every last ounce he has to fully compete. That doesn’t even include Campbell’s heavy involvement in the community, including delivering pies to Boston homeless shelters on Thanksgiving morning each year. The Boston Chapter of the PHWA is proud to nominate Gregory Campbell for this season’s Masterton Trophy.”
Appearing in 75 games this season and registering seven goals, and twelve assists, Campbell has become a favorite among black and gold faithful — consistently providing the energy and camaraderie needed on a nightly basis. The winner will be selected at the conclusion of the NHL regular season, by a vote of all 30 PHWA chapters.
While the nomination is an honor, the flow of Campbell’s consistent game will skate on, the Bruins face the Flyers in a matinee contest at 1 pm tomorrow.