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Campbell skates with Bruins for first time since breaking leg

Sep 5, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Back in June, Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell made a last impression by staying on the ice despite breaking his leg while blocking a shot in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. It should come as no surprise that teammates were delighted to see the 29-year-old take the ice with teammates for the first time since suffering that injury on Thursday, then.

“Seeing him out there today, he’s finally smiling, so it’s nice to see him and just have him in the room being himself and being part of the team and doing everything with us,” Johnny Boychuk said.

Campbell seemed confident that he’d be ready to return for training camp when asked in August, and it looks like that will indeed work out.

In case you didn’t soak it up enough during the playoffs, check out that courageous effort from Game 3 of the Bruins’ eventual sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the video below:

  1. thailer35 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Another classic example as to why this is the greatest professional sport. Soccer players holding their shins every time they come within 3 feet of an opponent, baskeball players sitting out games with jammed fingers, NFL quarterbacks missing weeks at a time due to turf toe, and then you have Campbell breaking his leg and finishing his shift.

  2. goalieguy37 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Hockey > Football.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    It’s gotta suck to be Soupy’s kids because everytime they complain, he can just tell them to toughen up and they couldn’t say anything.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      They’ll have to play up the contagious angle

  4. titansbro - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Welcome back Campbell. Glad to have you out there again. In other news, Clay Buchholz still hasn’t returned from an injury suffered while “sleeping funny.”

  5. patthehockeyfan - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Glad to see Campbell skating again. Congrats one last time to the Blackhawks for winning the Cup; but, Campbell’s brave and gutsy play will, for me, always be the most memorable moment of the Finals. Good luck to him!

    • patthehockeyfan - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Correcting myself here. Most memorable moment of the PLAYOFFS, not Finals. Campbell’s leg was broken during the Boston – Pittsburgh series. Sorry!

  6. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Campbell’s play exemplifies what it means to be a Boston Bruin!

    He was like Jesse Ventura in Predator:

    “I don’t have time to bleed.”

    In his case, he didn’t have time to deal with his broken leg, he had a shift to finish! Perhaps if Pittsburgh played with such guts, they wouldn’t have gotten swept.

    In the playoffs, if you are too chicken to block a shot, or fight for the puck in the corners, you don’t deserve to win.

    Congrats again to Chicago on their victory. Hopefully the B’s see you in finals again!

    • amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      I think they should give Campbell the “A” this year. The guy earned it and works hard every shift. It sends the right message to the rest of the team.

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