Monday, April 6, 2020

Jim Campbell

1 NHL Game

March 16, 1983 Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks. 4-3 win.

Jim Campbell was a high school goalie in Quincy, Massachusetts who went on to play a season of college for Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont in 1980/81. That was followed by a couple of seasons in the WHL, playing for the Regina Pats and Kamloops Junior Oilers. One of the other goalies Campbell outplayed in the 1982 Pats training camp was none other than future baseball legend Larry Walker. The 1982/83 season was Campbell's last year of junior hockey and he was released from the WHL's Junior Oilers before the end of the season. That led to a stint as a backup with the CHL's Birmingham South Stars in 1983 but by the time that job had ended, it looked as though Campbell's hockey career had come to an end. Then he got a call to join the Wayne Gretzky and the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. 
March 16, 1983 the Oilers were scrambling to find a goalie when Grant Fuhr came down with a flu and was unable to dress. Hosting the Vancouver Canucks, the Oilers called local junior goaltender without a team, Jim Campbell. "I was surprised, It was a total shock," Campbell told the local newspaper, the Edmonton Journal, in an article that appeared the following day. He dressed as backup to Andy Moog on a team full of future Hall of Famers. Wayne Gretzky scored a goal and had 3 points in the Oilers win. Campbell's short pro hockey career was over, but it had ended with a bang. 

Career stats from 

RS Scoring
RS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1981-82Regina PatsWHL160066852004.676603130.858---
1982-83Regina PatsWHL100606006.00010220.786---
1982-83Kamloops Junior OilersWHL36241889167205.301515010090.858---

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