By Maggie Thach
The Salt Lake Tribune
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Sometimes, Ed Campbell doesn’t remember how long he has been playing hockey or how many games he has played. He claims he’s having too much fun to keep track.
But Campbell, who is in his 11th professional season and first with the Utah Grizzlies, will lace up his skates and take the ice for the 700th time tonight when the Grizzlies in Idaho.
“It’s not something I think about,” Campbell, 31, who is more than five years older than his eldest teammate, said of the number of games he has played. “I’ve just been playing. Normally, I feel it’s an honor if I am able to play in any game.”
Campbell began his hockey odyssey as a high school senior playing juniors for the Omaha Lancers. He moved from his hometown of Boston, changed schools and missed his senior prom, but he didn’t mind making the sacrifices to play hockey.
In the 15 years since, Campbell hasn’t spent more than two seasons in one city.
“Not being in one place for so long is all right,” Campbell said. “All the other times, it was just me so I would pack up my suitcase and leave.”
But it’s not just him anymore. He met his wife in Grand Rapids, Mich., when he was playing for the AHL’s Griffins in 2002-03. That’s one thing Campbell does like about traveling so much: He has met so many people along the way.