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Kampfer Opts Out of Return to Play

Blue liner said health of wife, young son remain his top priority

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer announced on Saturday evening that he is opting out of the NHL's Return to Play in order to protect his family. The blue liner's wife, Tara, and one-year-old son, Teddy, both have a congenital heart defect that puts them at a greater risk for complications if they contract COVID-19.

"This was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," Kampfer said in a statement released on his social media channels. "We have taken this very seriously. Family will always be my priority."

Kampfer, in his second stint with the Black & Gold, has been a valuable depth defenseman for the Bruins over the past two seasons, suiting up for 45 games with three goals and eight points. The 31-year-old played 10 games with the big club this season, while spending most of the 2019-20 campaign with Providence.

"I will be rooting for my teammates and hope we can bring the Cup back to Boston!" Kampfer wrote.

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