Camp­bell’s 29 scratches made him a bet­ter player

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Brian Camp­bell will be re­mem­bered largely for flat­ten­ing R.J. Um­berger in the play­offs, for his spin-o-rama while car­ry­ing the puck, for win­ning a Stan­ley Cup with the Black­hawks. One num­ber he never for­got be­fore he re­tired Mon­day af­ter 17 sea­sons: 29.

Camp­bell spent four years bounc­ing be­tween the AHL and NHL be­fore stick­ing with the Sabres in 2003-04. He was a healthy scratch for 29 games while try­ing to prove he was an NHL reg­u­lar. He played in Europe dur­ing the lock­out the fol­low­ing year and blos­somed into one of Buf­falo’s best de­fense­men in 2005-06.

Camp­bell has of­ten said the 29 games helped him be­come more pa­tient, ac­cel­er­ated his ma­tu­rity and made him a bet­ter per­son. He never lost sight of his hum­ble start, be­came a very good player and a bet­ter guy. Camp­bell was an­other key player the Sabres let get away af­ter reach­ing the con­fer­ence fi­nals in con­sec­u­tive years.

In 2008, af­ter he was traded to San Jose, he made a plea to Buf­falo fans. “Don’t boo me when I come back,” he said. Sure enough, they did.

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