Campbell talks about injury, fashion sense
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Gregory Campbell had surgery on his broken leg eight days ago and wasn’t able to travel with the Bruins to Chicago for Game 1 and 2, but now he’s back with his teammates.
When Campbell took a shot by Evgeni Malkin to the leg in Game 3 against Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Finals he didn’t realize he had broken his leg, but he knew something was wrong.
“I blocked a few shots before and this just seemed different,” said Campbell.
It was -- his leg was broken, his season soon to be over, but his shift wasn’t. He stayed on the ice for nearly another minute, refusing to acknowledge the pain his face showed.
“It hurt a little bit, it was sore, but your adrenaline is going pretty good at that point. You’re stuck on the ice with the best players in the world, you don’t really have much time to think about anything else,” said Campbell.
While onlookers see Campbell’s effort as extraordinary, he doesn’t.
“You see it more often -- guys doing whatever they can to win, so I’m no different from anyone else on these two teams here…I was just trying to finish the play and do my job,” said Campbell.
That’s what Campbell has become known for in Boston, but among his teammates, he’s also known for his fashion. Just because he’s on crutches, the wisecracks didn’t stop.
“Today I was wearing white jeans and Thorty (Shawn Thornton) said the last time he’s seen a pair of white jeans was when he got in his last bar fight, so,” said Campbell.
“It’s endearing… you can’t give him a break because he’s on crutches. We’re still boys here. You don’t get a free pass,” said Thornton.
Campbell said he would prefer to be known for his play and not being injured -- or his fashion choices -- but he’s been overwhelmed by the support he’s received not only from his teammates and coaches, but also around Boston.