The Ann Arbor, Mich. native grew up watching the Wings and All-Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and attempted to emulate the blueliner as he developed as a defenseman.
“I used to watch Nick Lidstrom and I guess, imitate him as much as I could when I was a kid,” Kampfer said today after the Bruins morning skate.
“He just makes the game look easy. He’s so calm out there with the puck. Every time he touches it, he always knows what he’s going to do.
“He’s always thinking one step ahead of the game,” Kampfer continued. “That’s what you want to do as a defenseman, you want to know what you’re going to do before you get that puck and that’s what he’s always done.
“It’s pretty special to watch.”
Tonight, Kampfer will get his feet wet against Detroit with a game in his home away from home, Boston's TD Garden, before the B’s fly to Detroit for the second half of the home-and-home on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s always exciting to play your hometown," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "I think for him it’s probably not a bad thing that we play the first game here before we go back to Detroit.
"I’m sure his teammates will help him out with that stuff as well.
“Basically, we just expect him to play his game. Moving the puck well and being a solid player for us. I don’t think we need him to do any more than that.
"That’s all we’ve asked of him and that shouldn’t change,” he said.
Sunday in Joe Louis Arena, where he played in tournament games during his college years as a University of Michigan Wolverine, Kampfer expects a large crowd of friends and family in attendance.
“[My parents] actually flew back for the weekend. They knew we were playing in Joe Louis [Arena] so they want to go back and see me play there,” he said. “I’ll have my whole family there, a lot of friends and relatives there as well.”
“There are probably twenty people who already have tickets and I will probably have to get twenty more. It will be a packed house there.”
“But we have to look forward to tonight and get two points out of them tonight.”---Hannah Becker