this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I saw the Guptill and Porter threads but thought it might be a good idea to make a comprehensive thread since a few more deals have gone down and more Wolverines hockey alumni are on the move:
- Matt Hunwick to the New York Rangers (previously Colorado)
- Kevin Porter to the Detroit Red Wings (original thread) (previously Buffalo)
- Steve Kampfer to the New York Rangers (previously Minnesota)
- Al Montoya to the Florida Panthers (previously Winnipeg)
- Mike Cammalleri to the New Jersey Devils (5 years/$25 million) (previously Calgary)
So Steve Kampfer is getting his day with Stanley Cup on August 25, but does anyone know whether or not he got his name engraved on it? I never heard either way.
Anyway, the mgoblue.com press release below has the details on Kampfer bringing the Cup to Ann Arbor and Yost Ice Arena. A Jackson Citizen Patriot article says he's also taking the Cup to Plymouth and Jackson, with details on the latter:
From 4-6 p.m., he will be in front of Daryl’s Downtown on Michigan Avenue, where fans can get autographs and have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup.
Kampfer is asking for a $10 donation to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor in recognition of the work performed there to help his sister, Kristin, through numerous health challenges early in her life.
Here's the U-M press release:
Aug. 18, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan ice hockey player and current member of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins Steve Kampfer (2007-10) will be sharing his day with the Stanley Cup with the U-M community on Thursday, Aug. 25. Kampfer will put the Stanley Cup on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the U-M locker room at Yost Ice Arena.
"I'm excited to bring the Cup back to the place that has made me the player I am today," said Kampfer. "Coming back to the place I wanted to play at since I was the age of four is a dream come true. I couldn't be more excited to share it with the great fans of Michigan as well. Without them, we wouldn't have the best rink to play college hockey in. I want fans to be able to see the Stanley Cup and enjoy the day with my family and friends."
Kampfer will be signing complimentary autographs. Pictures with Kampfer and the Stanley Cup will cost $10, with all proceeds being split between C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the University of Michigan ice hockey program.
"The coaches and players I played with at Michigan deserve credit for helping me achieve the goals I have reached so far, which is why it's important to me to give back to the program," said Kampfer. "I've chosen to give back to Mott hospital because when I was younger my sister faced some challenges and she spent time going in and out of Mott, so it is a place that has touched home. The doctors and research conducted at Mott have given people a chance to have a better life and achieve some amazing accomplishments. I am giving back to them so more kids will have the chance to live a fulfilling life."
Kampfer became the 17th Wolverine alumnus to win the Stanley Cup, when the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final on June 16, 2011. A rookie for the Bruins in 2010-11, Kampfer played 38 regular-season games, scoring five goals and five assists, earning a +9 plus/minus rating, and accruing 12 penalty minutes. Kampfer did not make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kampfer was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were traded to Boston in March 2010.
Kampfer played four seasons at Michigan, accumulating seven goals and 53 assists over 147 games. He helped the Wolverines win the 2007-08 CCHA regular-season championship and the 2008 and 2010 CCHA Tournament titles.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423
For those of us who remember him getting punked by FYS, this was a really sweet moment.
And yes, Corey Tropp still sucks.
Steve Kampfer was set to play his first game at Joe Louis Arena as a pro and had bought tickets for about 40 family and friends. But his homecoming was ruined when the Bruins decided to scratch him in favor of Tyler Seguin (who did score a goal). I understand that this is the way sports work, but that was just cold. If I were a coach I would think the hometown kid would be fired up and play a great game.
Steven Kampfer will be making his NHL debut for the Boston Bruins tonight. I allways like seeing former Michigan players make it to the NHL.
Apparently, Steve Kampfer has been traded from Anaheim to Boston for a conditional 4th round pick, according to the Bruins site.