Duncan Campbell fit the bill for what the Queen’s University Gaels men’s hockey team wanted in a player next fall.
“Duncan has won everywhere he has played. He is the exact type of person and player we were looking for in this recruiting year; a big, reliable forward who knows what it takes to win,” said Gaels coach Brett Gibson in a press release.
In joining the Gaels, Campbell commits to a program that is fifth in U Sports with a record of 18-7-3. The Gaels are a member of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). Gibson is in his 11th season behind the bench and guided the Gaels to a third-place finish in the OUA’s East Conference. They’ve also automatically qualified for the U SPORTS national championship this week in Fredericton, N.B. The Vees announced Campbells commitment to the university based in Kingston, Ont., on March 10.
Campbell, a Brandon, Man. native, said Queen’s University’s perfect balance between athletics and academics is what drew him to the program.
“The schooling is top notch as they’re considered one of the best schools in the country and the education side is really important to me,” said Campbell. “Their hockey program is really strong too, with them being a top-five ranked team nationally and they’re competing in the (U SPORTS) national championship this year. ”
Campbell is in his final season of junior hockey. The 20-year-old tallied 11 goals and 28 points in 40 regular season games with the Vees and won the team’s Unsung Hero award. Campbell signed with Penticton in late October after playing parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Campbell scored 22 goals and 43 points in 148 career regular season games with his hometown team. He helped the Wheat Kings to the Ed Chynoweth Cup, the WHL championship, last spring.
Vees’ playoff tickets are on sale and single game tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors, and students (18 and under) and children are free courtesy of Peter Bros. Construction. Single game tickets can purchased at the Valley First box office, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com. Don’t forget to Paint the Town Blue! Vees fans are encouraged to wear blue to every playoff game, starting Friday, March 17. Game 2 is at the South Okanagan Events Centre at 6 p.m. With Games 3 and 4 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Should the series go beyond four games, Game 5 will be at the SOEC on March 23 at 7 p.m., Game 6, if necessary, will be March 24 in Merritt at 7 p.m. and Game 7, if neccessary, returns to the SOEC on March 27 at 7 p.m.