This week, we’re going to the bench and giving the 4th line some playing time.
We thought it was time to give some love to the muckers and the grinders, the gritty players who claw and fight and forcheck their ways into our hearts. While they might not show up on stat sheets or make it to ESPN’s Top 10, they are still deserving on our love.
And none is as deserving…or as foxy as Gregory Campbell, 4th line center for the Boston Bruins.
Campbell, or Soupy as he is affectionally known, came to the Bruins along with Nathan Horton in a trade at the beginning of the Bruins’s spectacular Stanley Cup season of 2010-2011. He’s 6ft, 197 lbs of solid hockey man and has been a stalwart on the Bruins’ aggressive and impressive 4th line (aka the Merlot Line because of their wine colored practice jerseys) for much of the time he’s been with the Bs.
He has ingraciated himself with the Bruins fans for his consistent and smart play…and his ability to bloody and pummel opposing players when the occasion call. Sometimes he gets pummelled in return, but that just part of the game. As the great band The New Radicals once said, “You gotta get what you give.”
He was a critical part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run where he masterfully center the penalty kill, limiting the Canucks to just two power-play goals in seven games. He forechecks like a mutha. He is strong on the face-off. He even scores goals occasionally, like this beaut from last night’s game vs. the Sabres.
He has lovely eyes. And his beard…well we all know how I feel about beards.
His arms inspire sonnets and proclamations of undying love.
He brings tasty pies to those that do not have pies.
He likes things shiny.
Sure, his dad might be Colin Campbell, former director of hockey operations for the NHL, but don’t think for one minute that this guy hasn’t earned his place in the NHL through nepotism or favoritism. He earned it through grit, determination, and and smart hockey sense.
He is an invaluable part of the Bruins squad and that alone makes him worth for this Foxy Friday honor.