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Kampfer Curious About Beanpot

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – With the Bruins day-off coming on Beanpot Monday, Boston defenseman and former Michigan Wolverine, Steven Kampfer may head to TD Garden tonight to take in some of the NCAA action. 

Kampfer's Wolverines played in the Great Lakes Invitational.
“It would be fun to go check out and see a couple games. It’s fun to go back and watch college hockey, but it’s definitely a different style than what the NHL is,” Kampfer said yesterday after the B’s practice in Wilmington. 

Throughout his four years at Michigan, Kampfer squared off against two of the Beanpot schools, Northeastern and Boston University, but never saw action against Boston College or Harvard. 

“We played BU my sophomore, junior and senior year,” he said.

“They’re a good team, they always came hard. They’re a skilled team, they’re not a team that’s going to run you out of the building. They’re a team that’s going to try and beat you at the net.  

“It’s definitely an exciting game when we played them because it’s two teams that like to basically run up and down the ice.”

The Wolverines split a weekend series with the Huskies during Kampfer’s rookie campaign of the 2006-07 season. 

Although Kampfer never played in the Beanpot, which annually features Boston’s Division-I hockey programs in Northeastern, BC, BU and Harvard, he did play in the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey tournament.

The GLI is the Detroit area’s fight for college hockey bragging rights. 

“That was our big tournament, with Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech all went together and then one team from another conference played us,” Kampfer said. 

“Then Michigan and Michigan Tech always flip-flopped who was going to play that out of town team.

“It was always a fun experience over Christmas. There were a lot of fans and it’s those tournaments that create rivalries and make the sport fun,” he said.

Kampfer said that tournaments like the GLI and the Beanpot prepare players for big games on a big stage. 

“It’s those one-game eliminations where…you have to be ready to play your best,” he said.

“One of my coaches told me, he said ‘big players play big in big games’. It’s one of those things where he used to always tell us that before games and I’ve always thought…in order to be a good player you have to be big in those games and make sure that the team can rely on you.

“I think that helps you when you come up to the NHL.“

Kampfer also made his picks for the 59th Annual Beanpot Tournament. 

“I’m going to take BC over BU, I’m going to take Northeastern over Harvard and I’m going to take BC winning it all," he said. “It’s hard to say BC’s going to win it all as a Michigan guy but I would definitely take BC.”

---Hannah Becker
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