While Ottawa is a great hockey town, Chris Campoli can already feel the buzz here surrounding the Blackhawks after just one day in the city.
“There’s so much positive energy around the team here and the city has really taken to the Hawks the last few years,” Campoli said following Wednesday’s morning skate. “I’m excited to be part of that and it has added to my expectations to come in and help.
“In Canada there’s a lot of passion for the game, so that’s there, but I think the confidence and buzz around the team and our lack of success in Ottawa this year kind of deflates that. Here there’s so much excitement, obviously winning the Cup last year and having another successful season this year. It’s a great town, great team, great group of guys, and I just want to come in and fit well and help us.”
Campoli will wear No. 14 and be paired with Brian Campbell on defense when the Hawks play a critical game against the Calgary Flames at the United Center.
A win would push the Hawks to fourth place in the Western Conference.
Campoli expects the Hawks’ up-tempo system to be an easy fit for him with his ability to skate and move the puck.
“The majority of the teams in the league play roughly similar style of game,” Campoli said. “There’s a saying: It’s a copycat league. Teams have success and other teams try to mimic what they’re doing. Hopefully I won’t have too much of a problem there. There are a few adjustments to make and I’ll be playing with someone different, obviously. Hopefully it’ll be a smooth transition.”