Brian Campbell Retires, Joins Hawks Front Office

During an appearance on WGN Radio on Monday morning, defenseman Brian Campbell announced his playing days in the NHL are over.

He isn’t done with the Blackhawks, organization, however.

Campbell, 38, will join the Chicago Blackhawks business operations department. According to the team’s release this morning, Campbell will assist “with various marketing, community relations and youth hockey initiatives.”

On July 1, 2008, Campbell surprised many by signing an eight-year contract with the then-awful Blackhawks, a deal with a cap hit north of $7M per season. He played three of those eight seasons in Chicago, helping the Hawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010 – literally. Campbell had the primary assist on Patrick Kane’s Cup-clinching goal that closed out the 2010 Cup Final.

Chicago ultimately traded him to Florida for Rostislav Olesz during the 2011 NHL Draft.

Campbell played 1,082 regular season games in the NHL, posting 504 points along the way. He was initially a sixth round pick (#156) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Draft; to put that into perspective, most of the kids drafted this year were born in 1999. Soupy played for four teams during his career – Buffalo, San Jose, Chicago and Florida – and appeared in four NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012).

He returned to Chicago on a one-year deal and finished his career with 17 points in 80 games for the 2016-17 Blackhawks.

68 thoughts on “Brian Campbell Retires, Joins Hawks Front Office

  1. Great NHL career. Great that he’s still with the organization. Didn’t think he’d be back on the ice but glad he’s still around!

  2. What a great career! I think some more need to hang up their skates for the front office- freeing up cap space for talented younger guys!!

  3. Quality player and a good guy that had a long and successful career. He was a huge part of the 2010 Cup run as he could really bring the puck up from the back which caused opposing teams big problems. Pity his legs were not what they once were this past season. I think it was worth the attempt bringing him back last season though.

    Thanks Soup!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  4. That’s nice he retired, he seems like a good person. Irrespective of that, if Campbell has the sense to retire, how is Roszival still projected to be 7th/8th D-man? Campbell is Bobby Orr in his prime last yr. compared to Roszival.

  5. Yes 2010, agree. Why not make Roszival Hawks’ Czech Ambassador? He seems like a friendly guy. He can shuttle b/w his homeland and here. He can interpret as well, if necessary, for Kempny and others. I’m not against him helping out, just not as a player anymore.

  6. Roszival “is old, he should have been out of the game years ago but he can’t stay home because he hates his wife…”

  7. Camp today- observations: Mostly one on one and two on two drills – in small space or one Zone– no full ice skating- so Speed really wasn’t “needed/used” in this practice

    B practice-
    Forward standouts-
    Bondra- Huge, hulking, heavy shot, protected puck well… only way this kid doesn’t get a chance somewhere/someday… is if he has no heart/drive or he is really dumb- imo

    Knott was noticeable

    D-cat- most of practice — looked BAD- couldn’t beat anyone in one on one or 2/2… cuz doesn’t have speed or strength… Last 20 minutes- they did 3 on 3 game (blue line to blue line)– This is where D -cat, was the BEST player on ice by far-passing and creating/instincts, and quick decision making- with a little space.

    D guys-
    Snuggy
    Ian Mitchell— TINY D man… but He moved the puck like D-Cat in scrimmage… Just thinks the game way faster than the rest… also- very quick feet… This kid- could be the sleeper Pick of this year’s draft… He will fit in perfectly with Denver (they seemed to play at another speed versus everyone in Frozen Four)

  8. Also- Soderlund kid– is Tiny too… fast/aggressive- saw him do some good things

    Now

    A practice– (didn’t stay for last 3 on 3 scrimmage- wanted to beat traffic)

    From- can still fly,, of all the guys from both practices– this is the only Forward to just blow by D guys– who where supposed to stand Forwards up/or take meet them at Blue line – ( forwards only have around 10-15 feet of space to create speed before Blue line… so most failed versus D… to get quality rush/shots) From- did not Fail… literally blew by some guys

    FOO- really liked his skating, fluid, great hands… He is going to be good– great pick

    Sikura- I liked

    The Standout/Star to me– Dennis Gilbert- just flattened most of the Forwards in that one/one drill… No other D guy – did what he did!!! the first two forwards who tried to skate by him- got pancaked 3 feet over the Blue line!!! Does he do that versus Kane or Toews… probably not… but He made those Prospects look like they Did NOT belong!!!

  9. Brian Campbell is a first class person and had an excellent and rewarding NHL career. His wife hails from Naperville and I’m glad on multiple levels that he will have a role in the organ-I-zation.

    D-Cat has neither the speed or sufficient size to be anything more than a novelty act in the NHL. He was a gamble in the 2nd round last year. A gamble that was not the smartest way of using a higher round draft pick in my estimation.

  10. “D-Cat has neither the speed or sufficient size to be anything more than a novelty act in the NHL. He was a gamble in the 2nd round last year. A gamble that was not the smartest way of using a higher round draft pick in my estimation.” — Its’ “OFFICIAL”. Now we can all go home…

  11. Can we give the guy a chance to play and develop a bit befor all of the experts here declare him a “novelty act.” At least Wall’s observations are first hand with descriptions that make sense. I can see him being better in open areas and not so in tighter quarters against bigger bodies. It will be interesting to see him develop and gain strength. His numbers in the OHL in three consecutive years are not a fluke or a novelty. I’m anxious to see him in game situations with the big boys. I’ll reserve judgement until then.

  12. I prefer to wait and see with DCat …he is young and he was always adapting on every league he was ,so i dont really think he will different this time ..he is a kid and he need his time to adapt again. Nothing new for him …many players where in a similar situation …now let see how long it will take him to reach the NHL . I say in less then 2 years he will play in NHL and not for 5-10 games .

  13. Re: D-cat (age 19)
    Martin St Louis 5’8″, 180 lb — first two years in NHL, (also played in AHL)
    age 23 13GP 2 pts
    age 24 56GP 18 pts

    Career 1134 GP 391 goals, 1033 pts 12 time all-star

  14. Thank you Wall I appreciate the insight, was hoping to attend again this season but I just can’t fit it into my schedule

  15. Agree Debrincat is a wait see prospect. To expect him to step right in and light it up at NHL level is unrealistic but will likely need a year or so in Rockford to adapt his game to see how he can handle the bigger faster Dmen in the NHL.

  16. More on Sikura and Foo… actually they looked very similar in drills… both + skaters/fluid/ and looked like they could handle the puck well…

    Foo- is bigger (at least taller) and younger… so I think he has a legit chance in the future (of course- this is all based on Drills Versus other Youngsters)…

    But both Sikura/Foo looked a little more skilled – than most others.

    Ian Mitchell– I was really impressed with– kid has quick feet and instincts

  17. D-Cat… like I tried to say… if he plays with AA/Kane or 19/Saad type guys… who can win board battles…. open space/open game… D-Cat is ready… -imo

    really would struggle in slow down game… or one where his line pairings weren’t big/good enough to carry/hold the puck themselves….

  18. I agree-he isn’t a bottom 6 guy. And to say he has no chance is absurd.
    Ask guys like McDavid, and Strome if he has a legit chance–they might have a better feel than some on this site as they have played with him and in the NHL.

    He won’t wow right away and this (and other things) seemed to cost him at the worlds this year. I was at a game this year were he was off, but then the next game had 6 points.

    Why do people have to put in grandiose, over the top comments to be heard–well I guess it’s in right now-lol

  19. D-Cat will never fit or play within a Quenneville system. I could care less what he did in Erie. He has no size, doesn’t play a lick of defense in any regard and is not a quality skater. NHL players will eat him for lunch.

    I’m not going to get in a pissing match here. Just like Morin and Pirri I am solidly and sadly confident in my scouting assessment of D-Cat. He will go down as a stupid pick by Bowman. End of subject.

  20. “Solidly and sadly?” Oh well, when you put it that way, sure go ahead and piss on a kid’s potential future because you’ve looked into your crystal ball and you know. End of subject? Fuck off!

    Why not have a pissing match, it’s what you enjoy doing when you spread your ill-informed bile for all to read?

    You predicted Morin’s and Pirri’s futures? Wow, congrats!

  21. Rufus Debrincat has a skill set and work ethic that is star level in any league you can’t take that away from him. That alone gives him a shot.

  22. Good A.M. Mr. Rufus: Congratulations, you have been correct re: prospects and players about 5% of the time. I stipulate (again) re: Morin, you were correct. I’m scheduling the parade in your honor. The accolades are truly yours.

    If we subpoenaed and went thru all of your posts re: player evaluations over the years, the overview wouldn’t be pretty. You can’t judge Debrincat — or any other prospect for that matter — on a few practices during summer camp. That’s like saying a student in grade school who had straight A’s got a C on their first quiz in summer high school preparatory class, so the student will fail in high school and make nothing of themselves.

    Debrincat is a pure offensive scoring machine. These are the facts. If he was a few inches taller, he would have been drafted in the top 10 of his class. His skillset is not teachable. This was a shrewd selection by Bowman. I think he will succeed in the NHL, at a fairly high level. It may not happen on a dime overnight, but it will happen. In the unlikely event it doesn’t, zero blame should be attributed to Bowman. I have my issues w/ his free agent decision making this summer (Bouma, Wingels give me a break, we still don’t have any centers to take faceoffs aside from Toews), but overall he has done a good job.

    Lastly, let’s go back 35 or so years. If you saw Larmer in a summer prospect camp (assuming there was such a thing back then), you would be posting he can’t skate, he is skinny, he is soft, blah blah blah, why did the Hawks draft this guy it was a wasted pick.

    Have a pleasant day.

  23. In my 15 years of officiating especially the AAA teams (best ametuer hockey in the state) I noticed that the difference in skill level between the “elite” players & the other players is really not that much.

    You can’t have a team of 88’s or 19’s or 87’s nor would you want to. Players have different roles & the shrewd coaches use match-ups to their advantage.

    Q is no dummy or he wouldn’t be as successful as he is. He will devise a system that will maximize the skill sets of his players. And if for some reason he doesn’t he will be held accountable.

    Let’s not forget that the injuries of playing this game can turn an “elite” player into an average player, which is what I believe happened to 19 ( & others) last season.

    I for one am confident that the core will return healthy, re-energized & hungry for another cup!

  24. Great post Joey agree totally. Iceman on the faceoff issue I wonder when season starts if Letestu with the Oilers would be available with their obvious depth at center. He’s a career 51.9% guy on faceoffs with decent bottom 6 offensive numbers and a good 2way game.

  25. Heard the Hawks were trying to move Anisimov for assets that could be packaged and traded to Colorado for Duchene. Anyone else heard that?

  26. Not from a resource I trust yet. Don’t think its doable until ltir is available when season starts unless Avs retain some salary and that would be pretty costly most likely.

  27. Rufus, “I’m not going to get in a pissing match here. Just like Morin and Pirri I am solidly and sadly confident in my scouting assessment of D-Cat. He will go down as a stupid pick by Bowman. End of subject.” — do you have the winning numbers for tonight’s Powerball draw?

  28. Skating is a trickier subject to judge-there is speed, balance/agility/edges and ability to slow down and speed up–if you judge D-Cat on straight line speed he will be a mediocre at best NHLer.
    But he can skate very well with the puck, eyes up, actually quite fluid and pretty quick with nice lateral movement. He won’t be used in many defensive roles.
    He is an above average passer and has a unique (God given) ability to find space and shoot the puck quickly.

    Not saying he will pan out. But here’s hoping. Giving up on his gifts is craziness.

  29. Zamboni, I for one am confident that the core will return healthy, re-energized & hungry for another cup!

    This.

  30. all the best soupy! Thought he would be back on left side with Hammer traded to
    Yotes! He would have given COACH Q some predictability as he loves to say!!!
    Great career, amazing skater!!!
    Wonder when HOSSA will make a public appearance??? Fans deserve to see him explain his situation.

  31. TOTTI- when HOSSA will make a public appearance??? Fans deserve to see him explain his situation.

    Seriously ?????

    Fans deserve one thing – 100% from the players on the ice….

    I appreciate you passion but let him have his privacy…

    Now if it all turns out be a hoax to circumvent the cap then it’s a different story, but there has been zero evidence of that & I highly doubt this is the case.

  32. Not sure if this is what you meanHawks2010 but Fortin had sports hernia surgery in June and should be ready to go for training camp.

  33. Great career no doubt. However, if this site will permit me to be a selfish Hawks fan for a moment I would say that if this would have happened before last year maybe Teravainen would still be on the Hawks. Part of the money saved on dumping Bickell went to Campbell and Campbell couldn’t keep up in the playoffs so no matter how cheap Campbell’s contract was it was still a complete waste of money. I realize that hindsight is 20/20, but I called out the horrendous Teravainen deal from the start and the only reason to do it was to save salary cap space. Part of that salary savings went to a player that didn’t help when it counted. That being said, Campbell had a great career and I wish him the best and I thank him for his efforts.

  34. Camp today-

    Sharp on ice with skating coach– working before practice

    Rosey- sited / standing about 15 feet away… talking/hanging with 2 others- I did not know… then Prospect (w/ prospect Hawks tee shirt/name hand written in front) – stands and talks w/ Rosey for about 15 minutes….kid is about 5’11 and skinnier than Mathew McC- in Dallas Buyer’s Club…. I later – scoot close enough to catch kid’s name— Jakub Galvis ( D guy in draft)…. Kid is Pencil thin!!!

    A practice

    2 standouts
    Iacopelli– scored several goals, strong hard wrist shot, skating not as bad as I remembered… Hands are a little hard- Handling/receiving puck

    Luke Johnson- was noticeable- quick stick to strip players

    From- made some mental mistakes

    B Practice-

    Sikura- by far the best SKILLED Player from both groups- skater, shooter, passer…. he is as shifty as Kane … albeit versus other Kids…. and mostly open ice type drills… but has way more SKILL than any other in camp… I know- the word is ” he needs to get stronger/bigger”… I just don’t see him getting much bigger… he is 22 all ready… and still looks under 170lbs…

    Highmore- was good/active/buzzing- much better than Monday
    Soderlund- kid is quick, and never stops flying,,, non-stop motor

    Radke – has a heavy shot

    Knott- powerful strong skater- kind of Saad like stride (not as fast- but powerful)
    he also has a heavy shot

    Ian Mitchell- quick feet, I really love this kid’s Jump… long- shot because of size (tiny)… but the kid really stands out to me

    Tuulola- I really like him too

    Tomkins- made several 10 BELL SAVES– had everyone in awe!!!

    Lastly- I didn’t see Foo- ??? anyone know why??? I really loved this kid- and I predict could be as good or better than Sikura– who would be the most skilled Guy In Hogs camp this year (if he wasn’t going back to College)

    Sikura- imo- like TT was a waste in Rockford- cuz he was so much better/played quicker than rest ( Rockford- didn’t help TT- skilled player- needs to play with skill- TT never improved board game/or got stronger)… I really don’t think Rock is gonna do much for Sikura… put him with Kaner and let him play… just my 2 cents on that

  35. I liked Dahlstrom too– kid has a heavy shot- decent size- ok skater…
    kind of surprised he is going to Play in SHL #2 league???

    I don’t see how the A team has a chance in scrimmage versus B team Friday!!!

  36. ..,agree with Wall! TEUVO? Chalk up another bad deal by Bowman. What else is new!

    As a HOSSA fan, I simply want to see how he is doing. Lemieux, Koivu and others met the media when they spoke about their cancer. But, I respect his privacy. Hopefully, if he retires or gets traded when get to see him.

    Hopefully, the HAWKS do not spend their time with building the DEBRINKAT HYPE!!!
    Other players with size and speed should be considered first!!!

  37. At this point I really dont know why hawks fans bother following prospects anymore. lets take D-cat as an example. lets all watch him get better at each level and talk about him for years and then when he finally gets to the hawks and starts making contributions lets trade him to carolina because they overpaid another player. then lets take some of the salary cap savings (provided by giving away the future)and use it to sign a veteran to this great deal on the cheap. Problem is the veteran cant skate anymore so they get their doors blown off in the first round. oh and then that veteran who cant skate anymore goes into the front office. overall bowman has been a good gm. however rule one is dont trade away the future to win now when your not close and the hawks were not close in the playoffs last year. thats on bowman

  38. Yeah Pete the Blackhawks didn’t win 3 cups or go to conference finals a couple of other occasions agree a total waste of time.

  39. i love your response ian. its basically since the hawks have won in the past fans don’t get to criticize decisions. that ship sailed for me at the close of the nashville series that wasnt competitive.

  40. Is was reading that the Hawks might not have cap room to have DCat in the lineup even if he is ready. That’s ashame if that’s the case. SB needs to figure out some long term and short term goals. I agree with Pete that this current core doesn’t have enough talent to be a contender. No Hossa,Pararin, Hammer, and Kruger. SB needs to look at this roster objectively because there are lots of holes.

    I I look at this roster as far as talent and age I’d rank them the following for importance;

    Kane
    Crow
    Keith
    Toews
    Saad
    Seabs
    Ansimov
    And the rest is a ton of question marks. I’m just hoping this a playoff team this season. If any of the top 4 guys get hurt and miss significant time forget it. Playoff streak over

  41. No Pete my response is that we got what we asked for over a number of years and in my case it was a 45 year wait for it. No a couple of disappointments and its like nobody had anything to cheer about and I find that hard to understand. Sshawk if Debrincat plays good enough to help the team he’s there to suggest otherwise is not reasonable. He may need some time to adapt but if he can help he will be given the opportunity.

  42. ian do hawks fans get to criticize the team for decisions they disagree with or do we all have to be so grateful for prior winning that its not allowed? and if its the latter then how long before fans can be critical? unless you believe fans can never be critical your on what we say in the world of law is a “slippery slope”. fact is last years playoffs were a disaster so somebody made a miscalculation. if they were competitve in that series i wouldnt be saying this. they werent. and bringing back patrick sharp (no matter how cheap)to try to cover up the end of last year wont help either if i am allowed to make that prediction

  43. Pete if you want to criticize thats up to you but doesn’t mean somebody can’t disagree with you. Forceful discussion and not personal attacks although we tend to forget is why we are here. As far as Sharp (I mentioned back in January the possibilty of a 35+ contract then) the cap hit was right, doubted he would sign that cap friendly a deal but the return he gives remains to be seen. Surgery, concussions and father time would suggest that he playing a full season would be an accomplishment and a top 6 role probably not going to happen, but for the caphit he got certainly worth a shot.

  44. I believe what made the Hawks successful was exactly what Pete is trying to say, prospects, not over the hill players like Rosy who takes up room and cap for no reason while we let go a player like Stephen Johns. The Cup teams for most part where home grown players with a few savy ( Savoir faire) trades for Ladd and Sharp. I think when things go wrong we need to calmly analyze the reasons. I believe drafting low in the first round does not mean you cannot be successful. Teuvo and Danault were pretty good! But to trade those 1st rounders for nothing in return is as Pete mentioned is all on Stan Bowman. It’s hard for Hawk fans to get excited about Dylan Sicura or DeBrinkat??? Too many smallish draft picks.

  45. Players who can skate and score like Bickell, Ladd, Sadd, Buff and play hard nose hockey are not part of Bowman’s plan anymore ( apart from Sadd whom he drafted). I believe if you want Kane to carry this team once again and Toews to be back , players in that mold ( not Vinny, Sicura, Panarin, or DeBrinkat) need to be part of our draft process. A player like Evander Kane for example.
    Cheers

  46. Sorry, Saad!!! Excuse my French!
    Brouwer is another good example!
    Players who were tough to play against!!! DeBrinkat is a wasted pick!!!

  47. I think DCAT will make a difference. He will play defense as well or better than Panarin and will score more than TT.

  48. Savoir of the players you mentioned I agree Denault was tough one to lose, could be very valyabke now but Johns has done virtually nothing and as far as TT the jury is still out and even if Campbell wasn’t resigned there was still a 2.5 to 3 m shortfall there to make up, we know it unfortunately played out for Bickell.The money just wasn’t there to sign to sign everyone so Buff and Ladd were a business decision which was the right one. Evander Kane could probably be the worst move of Blackhawk GM this era tying up 5m in likely wasted cap space. Lets give the young guys their chance before writing them off ,that’s kind of ironic isn’t it.

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