Peter Campbell is a well-travelled pro hockey player. But, no matter where he goes, he sticks close to his opponents net. Since making his move to Europe in 2002-03 and spending a full decade overseas, Campbell is almost always the offensive leader on his team and often among the top ten scorers in whatever league he finds himself in.
Peter played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 1999-00 with the Sudbury Wolves, Owen Sound Attack, Belleville Bulls and Erie Otters. His best season came with the Attack in 1998-99. Campbell finished seventh in the OHL with 45 goals, one less than teammate Wes Goldie. His 88 points were second on the Attack behind the late Dan Snyder’s 94.
After bouncing around the North American minors for a few years, Peter headed to Europe for the 2002-03 season and stayed exactly a decade, finishing up Italy in 2011-12. Over his ten years overseas, Campbell played in Great Britain, Germany, Denmark and Italy.
In 2005-06 and 2006-07, he and OHL grad Ron Newhook formed a deadline one-two punch for Ravensburg in Germany’s Oberliga. In 2005-06, Peter led the league with 50 goals and 104 points in 52 games. The following season, he finished second to Newhook on the team, fifth in the league in goals and seventh in points. Ron Newhook is now retired from the game. He played in the OHL from 1994-95 to 1996-97 with the Sudbury Wolves and London Knights.
The following year, Campbell ended up in England’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and split his season between the Belfast Giants and Basingstoke Bison. Peter finished third in the league with 39 goals and second in points with 91.
His past three years, 2009-10 to 2011-12, have been spent in Italy’s LIHG serie A2 with Eppan-Appiano. In his first year with the club, he lead the league in goals and points. The next year he had the most goals. This past season, he led the league in assists and points.
For 2012-13, Campbell has returned to North America to play. He has spent his season with the Thousand Island Privateers of the Federal Hockey League (FHL). The Privateers are currently fighting for fourth spot in the six team league. The team plays out of the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center, a 3,500 seat venue in Alexandria Bay, New York. Campbell is leading the team in points and is placed fourth in the FHL.