It’s All-Star weekend and a great opportunity to recognize one of the Panther’s top performers this year. Defenseman and Alternate Captain, Brian Campbell was the lone Panther to make the All-Star squad. Three Panthers made the ballot – Brian “Soupy” Campbell, Ed Jovanovski and Tomas Fleischmann. However, Campbell will make the trip to Ottawa alone.
This year’s game is 6 1/2 hours from his hometown and he expects his parents to make the drive for the game. Campbell is making his fourth appearance in an All-Star game. He appeared while playing in Buffalo 2007 and 2008 and then again with the Blackhawks. He was the leading vote getter amongst Eastern Conference defenseman for the 2007 NHL All Star Game.
Campbell got the nickname “Soupy,” as he shares his last name with the name of the soup company.
The 32 year old has had an impressive hockey career, which started when he first played hockey with the minor league in his hometown of Strathroy, Ontario. He played AAA hockey and then signed with the Petrolia Jets Jr. B of the Western Ontario Hockey League. Campbell was taken by the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL as a third round draft pick in 1995.
Campbell was re-united with Talon, when he joined the Panthers in the 2011 draft.
Brian Campbell highlights via PanthersVision/floridapanthers.com