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Union men’s hockey head coach Rick Bennett has a team policy — no facial hair.

So there’s no one on the roster who looks at all like the San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns, whose untamed beard probably is home to more mysteries than the Amazon rainforest.

But Burns’ wicked slap shot has helped make him the leading point scorer among defensemen in the NHL this season, so Bennett wouldn’t mind if one of his blueliners played like him, and lately that guy has been senior Greg Campbell.

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Greg Campbell turned heads during his NCAA rookie campaign for all the right reasons.

A top-four defender right off the bat, Campbell finished sixth in the NCAA among ECAC Hockey rookie defensemen with eight points following the 2015-2016 season. For a freshman, it showed that Campbell had what it takes to play with some of the greatest players outside of professional hockey and proved to scouts that he can produce in a league that has a strong emphasis on defense.

His best stretch of the month came at the tail end of just his first month of action on October 31st, where he began a five-game point streak with five assists in that time. A strong offensive leader with his former junior club, the Oakville Blades, Campbell was third in rookie scoring on Union after earning Oakville’s MVP award the previous year.

Campbell started off his sophomore campaign with an even better start, recording his first two-point performance against Yale on November 4th and is on pace for around ten points, despite missing time with a knee injury.

 

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Oakville Blades defenseman Greg Campbell has been named to Team Canada East at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge in November.

Campbell is a multi-sport athlete that also competes with the Oakville Buzz lacrosse team. The eighteen year old defenseman joined his hometown Blades last season after playing his way through the Oakville Rangers ‘AAA’ organization. He would record two penalty minutes during a brief stint with the Milton Icehawks during the 2011-2012 season before joining the OJHL full time last year. So far this season, Campbell has recorded seven assists and eights points to go with his 28 points from the previous campaign. Additionally, Campbell was named an assistant captain with the club earlier this month.

“When Greg called me and told me he had made Team Canada East I was speechless,” said Oakville Blades owner Rob Campbell. “I am so proud of him but especially proud of him representing the Oakville Blades at these World Championships. I know he has worked so hard to get to this point. He truly has had the benefit over these last couple of years of junior, to have had great coaching starting with Kevin Gomes and his staff for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. As a Dad, I know Jane and his brothers Jeff and Bryan are just so happy for him. As part of this great organization, The Oakville Blades, I know along with this there will be many more exceptional proud moments for all of us. Hold on to your hats Oakville.”

“(I’m) just thrilled and ready for the opportunity to represent my country,” Greg had to say. “It was a great experience going through camp and ready to move on to the big stage.”

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Greg Campbell was recently named the Oakville Buzz’s 2013 MVP at the Ontario Lacrosse Association junior B team’s annual banquet.

Campbell also took home the team scoring leader trophy after earning 54 points (28 goals, 26 assists) in 16 games. Troy O’Donnell was second on the team in scoring with 50 points in 15 contests.

Keyan McQueen, who had 25 points in the Buzz’s eight postseason games, was named playoff MVP. Oakville won its opening-round series with Mimico, two games to one, before falling 3-2 to the top-ranked Clarington Green Gaels in the best-of-five second round.

Other award winners were Jimmy Shea (Buzz player of the year, in recognition of hard work and dedication), Colton Watkinson (top defensive player), Justin Martin (top rookie), Todd Nakasuji (top graduating player), Ben Neeb (top volunteer) and Paul Rakoczy (Brian Kruse Memorial Scholarship).

 

Source: OAKVILLE BEAVER, Jon Kuiperij, Jan 06, 2014

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