Brian Campbell said repeatedly last season that he was only going to return for an 18th NHL season if it were with the Blackhawks. The Hawks didn’t have a spot on their blue line for him, but they did find one in the front office.

Campbell announced his retirement on Monday, and will join the Hawks’ business operations department, where he will assist with marketing, community relations, and youth hockey initiatives.

“I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” Campbell said. “I’m grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Buffalo, Florida and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I’m thankful for this new opportunity.”

Campbell returned to the Hawks last season on a cheap one-year deal, eager to return to his adopted hometown of Chicago. He and his family settled in Western Springs during his first stint with the Hawks from 2008-2011, and while he still felt he could play at the NHL level, he had no desire to leave the Chicago area.

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Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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