CALGARY -- It really didn't matter to U.S. National Junior Team goalie Jack Campbell that those thousands of Canadian fans in attendance to see their local heroes battle the Americans continually chanted his last name with sarcastic undertones in the final preliminary-round match of the World Junior Championship at Rexall Place.
It began when the starting lineups were first announced and continued right through the final seconds -- "Cammmpbell, Cammmpbell, Cammmpbell."
He expected as much and, really, wouldn't have had it any other way.
It could actually be considered a term of endearment when you get right down to it. It was Campbell who broke those Canadian hearts two years ago in Saskatoon in the gold medal match -- a game these fans won't forget no matter how many medals are garnered this point forward.
"Actually, with about a minute-and-a-half left, I was on the bench and just sitting there listening to it and, as weird as this may sound, I'm so thankful that the fans were this involved in the hockey," a gracious Campbell told the media following his team's 3-2 loss to Team Canada on Saturday.