Brian Campbell retires from NHL to join Blackhawks front office

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It was announced on Monday that defenseman Brian Campbell, who won his only Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, has formally retired from the NHL and will join the Blackhawks in their front office.

A native of Strathroy, Ontario, Campbell was drafted 156th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Since then, he’s gone on to have one of the most illustrious careers in his draft class, wrapping up his career fifth in games played behind only Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Marian Hossa and Olli Jokinen.

He’ll also walk away a remarkable seventh in scoring among the class overall, despite playing on the blue line, with 87 goals and 504 points in 1,082 career games.

Campbell first joined the Blackhawks in 2009, skating out for three seasons before heading to the Florida Panthers in 2011. He’d stay in Florida until this past fall, when he re-joined the Blackhawks for one final season before hanging up his skates for good.

Now, he’ll join the business operations department for the team, working in marketing and assisting with youth hockey initiatives:

“We are excited that Brian will continue to be a part of the organization,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. “After a brilliant career on the ice, Brian will remain an important part of our franchise.”

“I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” said Campbell. “I’m grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Buffalo, Florida and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I’m thankful for this new opportunity.”

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