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Campoli earns CHL honors

May 19, 2004 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Erie Otters News Release

KELOWNA, British Columbia – The Canadian Hockey League announced today that Erie Otters’ defenseman Chris Campoli has been selected as the 2003-2004 CHL Humanitarian-of-the-Year.

Josh Henessey of the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) and Braydon Coburn of the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) were the other nominees. Campoli volunteered more than 230 hours to special causes during the 2003-2004 season.

Among his activities, the 19-year-old Mississauga native spent more than 100 hours in the Shriner’s Hospital for Children outpatient clinic. The Otters’ captain helped check patients into their rooms, escorted patients to x-ray and assisted the clinical staff with office duties.

“Chris Campoli deserves this recognition,” said Mary Beth Chabola, Outpatient Unit Coordinator, Shriner’s Hospital, Erie Unit. “He has excelled in the hockey rink, we know that, but what most people don’t know about Chris is that he has a wonderful caring side that can make a child in pain laugh. The children at Shriner’s hospital in Erie know this. He has shown it many times without the lights, the fanfare or a stick in his hand.”

In addition to his work at the Shriner’s Hospital, Campoli served as the co-captain of “The Caring Team”, a group that supports children grieving the death of a loved one and provides assistance to children in need of health insurance. He also visited more than 30 schools in the area conveying the positive messages of staying in school and getting good grades while reading books, playing floor hockey and answering questions from the students.

On the ice, the fourth-year blueliner established new Otters’ franchise records for goals, assists and points in a season by a defenseman with 20 goals and 46 assists for 66 points in 67 games while becoming the Otters’ career leader among defensemen in assists (119) and points (150).

In April Campoli was selected as the first recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League’s Humanitarian-of-the-Year.

Campoli is the third member of the Otters to capture CHL honors. Brad Boyes (1998-2002) won the CHL Scholastic Player-of-the-Year Award in 1999-2000 and was named the CHL Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2001-2002 while General Manager and Managing Partner Sherwood Bassin was selected as the CHL Executive-of-the-Year in 2001-2002.

Don’t miss out on the 2004 Erie Otters Hockey School for elite and select players presented by North Coast Processing. The August 15-19th camp at the Igloo Ice Arena is for players born between 1990-1996. Otters’ Head Coach Dave MacQueen and a number of current players will be on hand to direct the players in all facets of the game. For more information contact the Otters’ Office (814-455-7779).

2004-2005 Erie Otters Season Tickets are on sale now. Enjoy 34 regular season home games in your reserved season seats and witness fast-paced, hard-hitting action of the future stars of the National Hockey League at significant savings over regular individual game prices. Season Ticket Holders never waste their unused tickets, which are redeemable for any non-Saturday game (excluding the Otters’ annual Thanksgiving Game and all March home games) throughout the season. In addition Season Ticket Holders receive numerous other Season Ticket Holder Benefits. Call the Otters’ Office (814-455-7779) for more details.

For further information contact the Erie Otters at 814-455-7779 or e-mail the Otters at mark@ottershockey.com.


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