College Hockey:
UML’s Campbell Turns Pro

— UMass-Lowell defenseman Ed Campbell has signed with the New York Rangers.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Campbell, a native of Westboro, Mass., will thus give up his senior year at Lowell. He joins fellow Hockey East juniors Mike Grier of Boston University and Steve McKenna of Merrimack as seniors-to-be who have chosen to turn pro.

Campbell’s 326 career penalty minutes is a new Lowell team record, eclipsing the legendary Jeff Flaherty’s 298 PIM over four years.

Campbell was slated to be one of the top returning players for the Hawks, who were decimated by graduation. His departure will make things even tougher for Bruce Crowder’s successor. He leaves as one of the top two-way defensemen in Hockey East, despite never receiving any recognition for league honors.

Campbell’s career stats:

1993-94 40 8 16 24 3 0 2 57/114
1994-95 34 6 23 29 3 0 1 47/105
1995-96 39 6 32 38 3 0 0 52/107
TOTALS 113 20 71 91 9 0 3 156/326

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