Every team, every game, has a hero. In hockey there’s usually more than one hero per team. Some like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos are always at the top of the headlines, appearing in numerous All Star games and Olympic events. Others go about the business of trying to win games for their team without much fanfare. This week’s “Unsung Hero” is the Florida Panthers Brian Campbell.
When you think of the Panthers the names you probably hear about are Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss. Campbell’s a great player in his own right though, producing 53 points while playing in every game last season. He also had only six penalty minutes. For that he was awarded the NHL’s “Lady Byng Memorial Trophy”, given to the player who shows the most sportsmanship.
As if his on-ice play isn’t impressive enough Campbell also enjoys helping out a good cause. He’s one of many NHL players that supports Patrick Burke’s “You Can Play Project”. He teamed with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s star center Stamkos in a PSA video speaking out against homophobia in sports, promoting the need to stand up for teammates regardless of what their sexual preference may be. (Source: You Can Play Project)
This just goes to show some hockey players enjoy helping out the league they play in as much as their team.
If you have an “unsung hero” you’d like to nominate, please feel free to send me a tweet at @TBLightning491.
*Lauren Burg is an NHL Featured Writer for 110 Sportz Talk. An avid hockey, mainly Tampa Bay Lightning fan, Lauren enjoys writing about all things related to hockey. You can contact Lauren on Twitter, @TBLightning491, or e-mail her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.*