NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Gregory Campbell of the Boston Bruins stretches prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell brings a lot of intangibles to a veteran-heavy B’s club, and he was recognized for that by the local hockey media on Friday.
The Boston chapter of the Pro Hockey Writers Association nominated Campbell as the club’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy, the Bruins announced. The Masterton trophy is given every year to a player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
Campbell is being recognized for his perseverance in coming back from a broken leg suffered during the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. Campbell broke his right fibula in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins last spring. Campbell finished his shift and helped the B’s kill off a penalty before hobbling to the bench. He was ready to go when the new season began in October.
“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,” PHWA Boston chapter chairman and CSNNE.com Bruins beat writer Joe Haggerty said in a statement released by the Bruins. “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.”
The 30-year-old Campbell has seven goals and 12 assists this season while playing in each of the Bruins’ 77 games so far.
Four Bruins players have won the Masterton Trophy since its inception prior to the 1967-68 season. The most recent Bruin to win the award was Phil Kessel in 2007. Cam Neely, Gord Kluzak and Charlie Simmer have also won the award as Bruins.Filed under: Boston Bruins, Mike Cole, Top Stories