Blackhawks Bring Back Campbell

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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 24: Brian Campbell #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks, during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center, on April 24, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced have agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Campbell to a one-year contract. Campbell returns to Chicago where he played from 2008-2011 and was a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Campbell, 37, spent the last five seasons with the Florida Panthers where he played in all 376 regular-season team games, scoring 28 goals and adding 147 assists. He was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2011-12 after scoring 53 points (4G, 49A) and recording only six penalty minutes. He was the first defenseman since Red Kelly (1954) to win the award.

The Strathroy, Ontario native netted 19 goals and tallied 98 assists in 215 games during his first stint with the Blackhawks. He appeared in 43 Stanley Cup Playoffs games with Chicago scoring 18 points (4G, 14A) including five points (1G, 4A) during the run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.

Campbell ranks seventh among active NHL defensemen with 1002 career games played and has 487 career points (82G, 405A). In addition to his time with Florida and Chicago, he has also played in the NHL with San Jose (2007-08) and Buffalo (1999-2008). He was originally selected in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft by Buffalo.

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