|Senators defenceman Chris Campoli has settled nicely into life in Ottawa after being obtained in a trade with the New York Islanders last season (Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images).
After spending most of his hockey life south of the border, Chris Campoli has quickly found a comfortable fit in Ottawa.
The 25-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is in his first full season with the Senators after being obtained in a trade last February with the New York Islanders, where he began his National Hockey League career in 2005-06. That followed four years of junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters and a one-year stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
Campoli talks about his new hockey home in Ottawa and a whole lot more:Q: Talk about your first pair of hockey skates?
A: I think they were CCMs. They were that old brown leather and the blades were a different cut than they are now, for sure. I think my parents still have them. They’re all rusty now but it’s pretty cool to look back and see what you used to wear.Q: Who was your favourite NHL player growing up?
A: I used to be a Leafs fan and I looked up to Doug Gilmour. I enjoyed watching Ray Bourque play as a defenceman. As I got a little older, I liked Bryan Berard. I liked his style.Q: If you could play any sport other than hockey for a living, what would it be?
A: It would be baseball. I grew up in baseball. I loved playing it. I played until I was 16 and I still like to throw the ball around a little bit during the summer when I go home. I’m a big Jays fan.Q: If you could play any position other than defence, what would it be?
A: I’d like to play centre, just because you’d have the freedom to roam around a little bit. I enjoy that creativity and I’d look forward to the challenge of trying to win faceoffs all the time.Q: What athlete do you admire the most in another sport?
A: Brett Favre. He’s a special player. Not everyone likes the way he does things but I think he makes decisions based on his true emotions and the passion he has for the game and his love for the game. It’s not about the money or anything like that. I was a (Green Bay) Packer fan growing up and I still am a Packer fan. Although he’s on the other side now (with the division rival Minnesota Vikings), I have a lot of respect for him.
"Ottawa is a little slower-paced than Long Island, but I feel comfortable in saying the people are a little more friendly here than in New York. I loved living in New York, but I think Ottawa is probably a little more my style. It’s been a happy change for me and I’m enjoying myself here." - Chris CampoliQ: The biggest difference between Long Island and Ottawa?
A: Ottawa is a little slower-paced than Long Island, but I feel comfortable in saying the people are a little more friendly here than in New York. I loved living in New York but I think Ottawa is probably a little more my style. It’s been a happy change for me and I’m enjoying myself here.Q: Your favourite NHL city to visit?
A: I enjoy going back to New York. There’s so much energy and life there. It’s great. It never gets old going back.Q: If you’re the one cooking dinner, what’s on the menu?
A: I’d probably start with a salad of some sort. I enjoy chicken breasts, so I’d probably go with that and maybe some sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables on the side.Q: Your favourite type of music?
A: I pretty much listen to everything. I’m not too picky. I like U2. This summer, I went to see them (in Paris) and I thought it was a pretty good show. Q: Your favourite movie?
A: Right now, it’s probably The Hangover
.Q: Your favourite TV show?
A: I watch a lot of sports. Every sport, I’m a big fan, and I just enjoy watching them all the time.Q: If someone makes a movie about your life, who gets to play you?
A: Everyone tells me I look like Shia LaBeouf, so I’ll say Shia LaBeouf.