The OJHL announced today that Wellington Dukes forward Craig Campbell (photo credit - Shawn Muir/OJHL Images) has been named the Gongshow Gear North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month for November after leading the conference in scoring throughout the month with 11 goals and 20 points in 12 games played.
The Dukes leading scorer with 38 points in 31 games played, Campbell recorded points in eight of the club’s twelve games during the month, including a six game goal and point scoring streak in which he notched nine goals and eighteen points. He would record two five point efforts and multiple points in five consecutive games during the streak. Currently tied for third in OJHL goal scoring with 21 goals, Campbell’s month also included two game-winners and seven power play points.
“It’s an honour to be named North-East Player-of-the-Month for November,” said Campbell. “I would like to thank my teammates for all their work so far this year and to Gongshow Gear for their support of the OJHL.”
Dukes General Manager and Head Coach Marty Abrams acknowledged his star’s accomplishments thus far this season, “Craig has been a leader for us since the start of camp. I can't say enough about his leadership and day-to-day work ethic. His offensive ability has enabled us to be in the thick of things in the North-East Conference.”
Dean Klomp of the Lindsay Muskies was runner-up to Campbell as the OJHL North-East Conference Player-of-the-Month. Klomp recorded nine goals and thirteen points in 10 games played, notching points in nine of the Muskies ten games during the month.
Born on March 23, 1992, the 6’1”, 180 lbs. forward grew up in Strathroy, Ontario, playing his minor hockey in the Strathroy District Minor Hockey Association. His father Norm was a local hockey star that would play briefly in the OHL and was recently named a member of the Strathroy Rockets/Blades Wall of Fame in his hometown.
By the age of 16, Campbell was ready to make the next step and joined the nearby North Middlesex Stars of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the 2008-09 season. He would finish sixth on the club in scoring with 17 goals and 31 points in 40 games played and capped off his first season of junior hockey with an OHA Cup league championship over the Delhi Travellers.
His success in Junior ‘D’ allowed Campbell to join his hometown Strathroy Rockets the following season, following in his brother Max’s footsteps, who was previously a team MVP. He would play two successful seasons of Junior ‘B’ for the Rockets from 2009-11; helping lead the club to the Western Conference regular season title in 2010-11, although would face disappointment, being upset both years by the St. Thomas Stars in the playoffs. After recording 23 points and being named the club’s Most Improved Player in 2009-10, Campbell was one of their leaders the following year, notching 22 goals and 47 points, tied for fifth in scoring, while also earning the Community Involvement Award.
That summer he would again make the jump up the junior hockey ranks, picked up by the defending OJHL champion Wellington Dukes. Although his first season of Junior ‘A’, Campbell joined the club as a veteran 19-year old forward and would record 11 goals and 30 points for the talented squad that would be shocked in the first round of the playoffs by Kingston. Named an alternate captain entering this season, Campbell has been one of the club’s most consistent players and leaders both on-and-off the ice, currently tied for third in OJHL goal scoring and 11th in overall league scoring with 38 points.