Friday, September 08, 2006

Campbell joins THN

Hockey fans in these parts will know Ken Campbell's name well, as the long-time Toronto Star reporter has been one of the sage voices of reason in a sports media market not known for keeping its head.

Yesterday, Star columnist Damien Cox dropped a little note in his blog that Campbell has moved up Yonge Street — all the way up to Sheppard, in fact — and joined The Hockey News (I'd apparently missed the orignal release posted at THN.com):
In case you notice a rather large hole in The Star's hockey coverage over the next little while, it's because we've lost the dogged Ken Campbell to free agency and The Hockey News. Poor Paul Hunter. He'll seem like Abbott without Costello for a while. But our resourceful GM, sports editor Graham Parley, will plug the hole ASAP.
A nice move by THN, who had been down one of two senior writers with Mark Brender joining Right to Play as deputy director (Canada) a few months back.

Sportsnet's Mike Toth offered up this tidbit on Campbell that I think gives you a good idea what he's all about:
Campbell, in fact, penned one of my all-time favorite pieces, going undercover at the Sudbury Wolves’ training camp in 1992. At the age of 32, Ken spent a week taking part in all the drills with a rambunctious team of teenagers.

"I was in pretty good shape at the time, but I remember the day after the first workout," Campbell recalled. "I had trouble getting out of bed and I barely made it to my car to drive back to the rink."
Good stuff.

1 Comments:

At 1:27 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger sager said...

Campbell's not the only beat reporter the Star lost. Baseball writer Geoff Baker left to go to one of the Seattle newspapers.

I didn't know about him going undercover at the Wolves camp. That's quite the initiative.

 

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