While the Rivermen graduate a good deal of players on to the NCAA for the coming season there are no doubt some pretty big holes that are left in their wake. On defence the team is losing four key components in Zach Urban, Tony Bretzman, Tanner Johnson, and Chris Forney. But one of those coming in looking to make a big impact on the blueline is Long Island, New York native Will Campion.
At 6’3″, the 19-year old has some definite size and he has a plenty of grit to complement. The offensive defenceman played last season with the New York Bobcats of the Eastern Hockey League putting up 8 goals and 23 assists in 43 regular season games along with 99 PIM’s. Second on his team in scoring, Campion was named an EHL first team All-Star. He also added three points in four playoff games.
His stats tell a good story. He is a strong puck-mover with good offensive upside while possessing a bit of a mean streak. He likes to intimidate his opponents and add plenty of grit and determination to his game as a relentless competitor.
This coming season will be quite different for Campion who will head to Langley and the Greater Vancouver area for the first time when he heads to main camp this summer. Looking to advance his career and eventually land an NCAA scholarship, Campion feels the move to the Rivermen is the next logical step in his development. Given what he brings to the table I think he has the ability to be a very exciting player for the Riv.