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Prospect Report: Steve Kampfer

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins -- Defenseman Steven Kampfer, who has begun the 2010-11 season in Providence, has done well transitioning from college to professional hockey. Kampfer leads the P-Bruins in scoring with 2-4=6 totals through the first eight games.

“It was a new experience,” he said of the Boston Bruins training camp. “It’s really what you have to be like on an every day basis. You have to be at your best every day, every shift, every time you touch the ice, you have to be performing at the highest performance that you can, and you can’t take a shift off.

“You have to be ready every second of every time you’re on the ice.”

Kampfer suited up for four seasons with the University of Michigan and went 4-23-26 and had 50 penalty minutes in 45 games during his senior year with the Wolverines.

He nearly doubled each of his stats from his junior to senior year with the Blue and Gold.

Kampfer is using his experiences at both the collegiate and AHL levels to hone his skills for the big club.

“I’d have to say probably my overall strength in positioning from college,” he said of the main difference between professional and collegiate hockey.

“You go from playing against guys who are anywhere between 18 and 23 and now you’re playing against guys who are 18-42. You’re playing against grown men who know how to position themselves.”

The Ann Arbor native, while in training camp, utilized the guidance of the veteran Bruins to gain an edge on the competition.

“Matt Hunwick helped me a lot before I got to training camp. Just working out with him all summer gave me tips and pointers on what to expect. “Probably the biggest one [to help] was Zee [Zdeno Chara]. Playing with him from opening day of training camp until I got sent down, that was a huge help.”

The defenseman is using his time in Providence to build professional experience and gain a deeper understanding of the game at a higher level.

“I don’t know if I can pinpoint one thing…I’m enjoying getting to know the guys, getting to know the system better. I enjoy playing hockey and I enjoy getting better every day.”
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