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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Soups on — Brian Campbell on his career with the Blackhawks and what’s next

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Soups on — Brian Campbell on his career with the Blackhawks and what’s next

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks to former Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion, Brian Campbell.

They discuss his "One More Shift" at the United Center this week, the rocky relationship he had with Joel Quenneville in year one and when he knew he was out of Q’s doghouse.

Campbell tells us the moment in 2010 when he knew the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup contenders. He also talks about the injury he received from Alex Ovechkin and his return to the line-up in the middle of the Nashville series.

Soupy tells us about his work with defenseman, such as Adam Boqvist, and how the Blackhawks tweaked defensive zone system has helped the team in recent weeks.

0:30 - What was “One more shift” like?

1:30 - What did your daughters Harper & Everly think about “One More Shift”?

3:00 - Back in 2008, how many teams did it come down to before you decided on Hawks?

4:45 - Taking less term in Chicago

6:00 - Rough start with Joel Quenneville

7:30 - When Campbell knew he was out of Q’s dog house

9:00 - Hossa’s debut signals Cup Contender

10:00 - Campbell injury from Ovechkin

11:00 - Return in Nashville series

12:30 - Soupy meets future wife

13:30 - Sweet Home Chicago

15:00 - Current role with Hawks

16:30 - Working with Adam Boqvist & Nicholas Beaudin

20:30 - Is Gustafsson back?

22:30 - Tweaked DZ coverage scheme

24:00 - “Soup and a Sandwich”

Listen to the episode here or in the embedded player below.

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

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Brian Campbell is getting the 'One More Shift' treatment from Blackhawks

Brian Campbell was one of the key acquisitions that helped turn the Blackhawks into a contender after years of missing the playoffs. Now, the Blackhawks are honoring him for his contributions to the team.

Campbell will be honored with “One More Shift” ahead of Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks announced. Campbell will be alongside the team during the national anthem in full gear.

The 40-year-old is now a player development coach for the Blackhawks. He joined the team as a free agent ahead of the 2008-09 season. That season he was second on the team with 45 assists and helped the Blackhawks break a five-year playoff drought and make it to the conference finals for the first time in 14 years.

The following season, the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Campbell spent three years with the Blackhawks during that stint before closing out his career with the team in 2016-17. 

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Brian Campbell joins the Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Brian Campbell joins the Blackhawks All-Decade Team

Throughout the 2019-20 season, NBC Sports Chicago will be unveiling its Blackhawks All-Decade Team. The roster will feature the 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders that made the biggest impact on the franchise from the 2010 through 2019 seasons.

When considering transcendent free agent signings in Chicago Blackhawks history, Marian Hossa is usually the first player to come to mind. But Brian Campbell’s arrival to Chicago’s West Side in the summer of 2008 signaled to the rest of the NHL that the Blackhawks were not only a desirable team to play for, but that their front office meant business in fielding a competitive hockey club.

“It was always Chicago came back into the picture of a place that I could see myself be,” Campbell said in his introductory press conference. “There’s expectations within the locker room and I think it’s going to be like that right from the get-go. It’s not about making the playoffs, it’s about getting the whole prize.”

After prying him away from the San Jose Sharks, Campbell helped lead the Blackhawks to the Western Conference finals in his first year in Chicago, and assisted in grooming young defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook into the dominant top pairing they eventually became. The next season, the Blackhawks snapped a 49-year Stanley Cup drought, with Campbell assisting on the series-clinching goal in Game 6, passing it off to Patrick Kane before he slid the puck under Michael Leighton and sent the Hawks bench into a frenzy.

After three strong seasons with Chicago, the Blackhawks moved him to the Florida Panthers. But he gone for long.

In 2016, Campbell re-signed with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract, taking a “hometown discount” in an attempt at one last hoorah in Chicago. Campbell had a strong season in a smaller role behind Keith, Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, but the Blackhawks, the Western Conference’s top seed, fell short in the first round to the surging Nashville Predators.

Campbell spent four seasons in Chicago, totaling 134 points in 295 games with the Blackhawks. In July of 2017, when Campbell hung up the skates for good, he took a job in the franchise’s front office and reiterated one last time how impactful the Blackhawks organization – and the city of Chicago – was to his career.

“Today, we call Chicago home. We’ve embraced the Chicago culture,” said an emotional Campbell during his retirement announcement. “We love this town and we are proud to say our family is a Blackhawks family.”

Campbell played in more games for both the Sabres and Panthers in his 17-year NHL career, but that 2010 Stanley Cup championship made him a Blackhawk for life. He is the third player, and first defenseman, to join the Blackhawks All-Decade Team.

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