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Bruins acquire defenseman Kampfer for pick

by John McGourty
The Anaheim Ducks Monday traded unsigned draft choice Steve Kampfer, the University of Michigan's top-scoring defenseman, to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2010 or 2011 Entry Draft.

The Ducks made Kampfer their fourth-round selection, 93rd overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. He is a senior at Michigan. In four seasons, Kampfer has 6 goals and 45 assists for 51 points in 137 games. He is also plus-53 and has 130 penalty minutes. He had 2 goals and 17 points in 42 games as a sophomore in 2007-08 and was plus-27. He has 2 goals and 17 points again, in 35 games, and is plus-6.

He leads the Wolverines' defense in assists and power-play scoring (1-10-11) and with 40 blocked shots. Kampfer was named to the 2009 CCHA all-tournament team when Michigan was the runnerup in both the CCHA regular season and tournament. Kampfer helped Michigan win the 2008 CCHA title and advance to the Frozen Four.

A native of Jackson, Mich., Kampfer, 21, played two seasons for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, making the All Rookie Team and playing in the All Star Game. He was an alternate captain for Team USA's Under-19 team at the 2006 Viking Cup and captain of Team USA's Under-17 Select Team in 2004.

Kampfer was a four-year honor-roll student in high school and earned a scholarship to Michigan. He played varsity golf for Michigan in 2002-03.

Kampfer was involved in two controversial incidents during his junior year, when he played in only 25 games. A Michigan football player, Michael Milano, was convicted of aggravated assault on Kampfer for an October 2008 attack that left Kampfer with a fractured skull and neck injury and unable to play for six weeks. Police had found Kampfer on the ground and unconscious.

Five days after returning to the team, Kampfer was jumped in a game by two Michigan State players, Andrew Conboy and Corey Tropp, who retaliated against Kampfer for a legal hit on Tropp. Conboy and Tropp were suspended for the season by Spartans coach Rick Comley who called their actions "cheap and uncalled for."

Conboy left MSU and now plays for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Tropp returned to MSU and is their leading scorer this year.
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