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'Yotes Notes: Campbell Not Taking Playing in NHL for Granted

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Andrew Campbell quietly notched the first point of his NHL career on Tuesday night when he assisted on Connor Murphy’s goal at 3:33 of the first period against Philadelphia.

Campbell, 26, is in his second stint with the team after being recalled from the American Hockey League on Monday. He played one game earlier this season on Dec. 6 vs. Boston and three for the Los Angeles Kings last season.


"I’m just trying to get better each and every day," Campbell said after Wednesday’s practice in Toronto. "I don’t take any single day for granted. Any day I spend up here I know it could potentially be my last so I take every day as I’m lucky and thankful to be here, and I just try to get better on and off the ice."

Campbell was born in Caledonia, Ontario, which is about an hour-long drive to the southwest from Toronto, where he is expected to play in his sixth NHL game on Thursday. He’s hoping to play as well as he did on Tuesday in Philadelphia when he notched an assist, four hits and three blocked shots in 15:40 of ice time.

"(He played) really solid," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He got his first point in the NHL. (He’s a) solid, big guy, just kind of steady. He played pretty strong for us."

• Forward Brendan Shinnimin practiced with the Coyotes on Wednesday after being recalled from the AHL late Tuesday. Tippett said he would play on Thursday if center Joe Vitale, who suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday, cannot.

Shinnimin flew to Toronto from Utica, N.Y., where he competed in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday. Playing for the Eastern Conference, he scored two goals and notched an assist in that game.

"It was an honor to be in that game," Shinnimin said. "I had a lot of fun and there’s definitely a lot of memories coming out of that and a lot of friendships."

Shinnimin played two games for the Coyotes earlier this season – both against Calgary.

"I’m excited for the challenge to be back up here," he said.

• Legendary goalie Martin Brodeur is expected to retire on Thursday. Brodeur notched 691 wins and 125 shutouts in his career – both NHL records.


Goalie Mike Smith, who grew up watching Brodeur play in the NHL, said he greatly admires Brodeur’s longevity.

"He’s a tremendous athlete and had a tremendous career," Smith said. "It’s sad to see him go."

Backup goalie Mike McKenna played two games for New Jersey in 2010-11 when Brodeur was still with the Devils. Like Smith, he grew up watching Brodeur play.

"I really looked up to him," McKenna said. "I had his poster on my wall. Everything he’s accomplished is amazing but on top of that think about how many guys he has influenced for a long period of time. We’ll miss him, but man did he have a good run!"

• McKenna expressed admiration for Brodeur on Twitter on Wednesday morning. He’s a big fan of that social media platform, which he joined in November of 2010 so he could follow race car drivers. Today he has more than 10,000 followers.

"It’s something I enjoy," McKenna said about tweeting. "People take an interest in what you say. For me, it’s really helpful and has opened some doors on some deals, and I’ve met a lot of cool people."

• Center Antoine Vermette will play in his 800th career NHL game on Thursday at Toronto. It will also be his 441st consecutive game and his 200th game with the Coyotes.

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