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Colin Campbell opens up about his day job

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell was in Windsor on Thursday to speak to the The Odette School of Business, and he also spoke in very frank terms to the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell about the protocols involved in doing a job he insists he loves despite harsh criticism regarding every decision he and the NHL’s hockey operations department make:

Campbell touched on a variety of issues, including the first one that comes to mind. Why would anyone want to do his thankless job?

“I ask myself the same question every day, but I’m still here,” said Campbell, who’s filled the role of NHL sheriff for a dozen seasons. “There’s good and bad, it’s demanding, but I work with good people. There’s no reason I have to stand here and give (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman any credit, but I will, because he is a good boss. The same people who I’m getting yelled at by, he gets yelled at by, too.”

Bettman doesn’t enforce many rules regarding Campbell’s decision-making process, but there’s a couple of curious stipulations on the list.

“We’ve got a mandate during the playoffs that when you walk out of the building, there’s no smiling,” Campbell said. “You can’t smile, in case the losing team sees you and they think you’re laughing about the game.

During Campbell’s conversations with an owner or GM, his use of colourful language is equipped with a governor.

“With managers, I’m allowed to curse once they curse at me,” Campbell said. “If I’m talking with an owner, I’m not allowed to curse.”

Except for one former owner, anyway (and you’ll have to read the rest of Duff’s story to find out who).

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