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Campoli fitting right into Hawks room

Sunday, 04.24.2011 / 1:20 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 WCQF: Vancouver-Chicago Live Blog

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Campoli fitting right into Hawks room
Defenseman Chris Campoli has only been with the Blackhawks since March 1 after being traded by the Ottawa Senators, but it hasn't taken him long to adjust to the culture in the defending Stanley Cup champions locker room.

He has also blended in perfectly with Chicago's assortment of puck-moving blueliners.

Campoli will be a restricted free agent this off-season, but on Saturday after practice he showed how much he enjoys being part of the Blackhawks. Chicago's locker room has big Blackhawks logo sewn into the carpeting that nobody is allowed to step on without drawing a verbal scolding from a player or media relations staff member.

For the playoffs, it's even blocked off with red strap markers. A reporter forgot the protocol in the crowded room and Campoli stopped his interview to loudly chastise him.

"I'm totally a Blackhawk," Campoli said on Sunday morning. "I yelled at a reporter yesterday for stepping on the logo. I think I'm officially a Blackhawk after that … but I feel totally part of this team. They've welcomed me with open arms. The guys have been great. Joel's been great. The organization's first class. I couldn't ask for a better city to play in, and I'm proud to say I represent."
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