Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

Height/Weight: 5' 11"/198 lbs
Born: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Draft: 2007 4th round (93rd pick) by the
Shoots: R
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  • No Fun NHL? Restrictions help players appreciate hockey more
    The Canadian Press

    No Fun NHL? Restrictions help players appreciate hockey more

    Instead of going out to dinner with his fiancee after coming home from practice, Brandon Carlo takes his dogs on long walks to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. “It’s nice that I can still do those things,” the Boston defenceman said. NHL players and their families are limited in what things they can do this season by virus protocols designed to keep them safe and games on track, and those rules go further than other leagues. There aren't NHL-approved restaurants to frequent on the road like in the NBA, players are limited to their home or the team hotel and the rink except for emergencies, so there isn't much to do outside of playing hockey. “Hockey’s our life, for sure,” Philadelphia's Kevin Hayes said. “It’s what we get paid to do. It’s how we make a living. But now that you actually can’t do anything else, it definitely makes you appreciate it more.” It has never been easier for players to say they're doing it for the love of the game, especially given that 20% of their paychecks are being held in escrow and 10% deferred to future years because of pandemic revenue losses. Already strict protocols were updated in February to “strongly recommended that household members limit their discretionary activities outside of the home” and encourage things like grocery and food delivery to reduce public contact. Restricting some personal freedom, players say, is a worthwhile price to pay to get to earn a six- or seven-figure salary. "It’s tough, a little bit, but we’re so lucky to be able to come into the rink and do what we love to do and be working," Edmonton captain and league-leading scorer Connor McDavid said. “We don’t forget about that.” It's still an unnatural existence, confined to the rink and the hotel on the road and encouraged not to leave home much the rest of the time. Though, as Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson pointed out, “This is way better than the bubble life” that was required to complete the 2020 playoffs. Now, it's more of a balancing act for players, who know what they're missing and have their eyes on the prize this season. “You definitely miss the moments, especially with new guys, of being able to go out to dinner, have a couple drinks and just interact with their spouses, as well,” Carlo said. “That’s definitely missed and it’s been a hard adjustment, but for the most part during the year, I feel like we’re pretty dialed in to hockey and we kind of just want to get our rest when we can. On those days off, it definitely becomes longer." Calgary captain Mark Giordano said, "Trying to find ways to break up your day is the No. 1 challenge” this season. Washington's Nicklas Backstrom said the activities vary to pass the time alone in hotel rooms: "There’s video games, movies, stuff like that. You’ve just got to adjust to it, I think, for now.” Adjust but not complain. McDavid and Giordano said there will be none of that, given the havoc the virus has wreaked on life and work around the globe. And the focus on hockey isn't such a bad thing with so many games packed into a condensed schedule. “We’re so busy with games every other day, so a lot of the times we’re just trying to prepare for that next one and getting your body rested and recovered,” Johnson said. “Even if we could be doing stuff, I don’t know how much we really would be.” NO ROAD BLUES The St. Louis Blues have won eight of their first 10 road games. Defenceman Justin Faulk said even though players haven't being able to enjoy a postgame “soda” together and hang out away from the rink, the on-ice product is working. “Our team’s comfortable being on the road,” Faulk said. “It doesn’t bother us. ... You’re very limited on what you can do, but we’re still trying to enjoy our time around each other and try to create as much of team chemistry as we can on the road with what we’re limited to.” SCUFFLING SABRES The Buffalo Sabres are in yet another seemingly annual tailspin, and no one appears to have an explanation of how they might escape it. “I don’t have a cliché answer for you,” captain Jack Eichel said Sunday, after the Sabres dropped back-to-back 3-0 shutouts to the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend. “If we had answers, I think we would be spitting them out.” The Sabres entered Tuesday night on a 2-7-1 skid, ranking last in the NHL with 21 five-on-five goals and 42 overall in 19 games. Second-year coach Ralph Krueger is running out of answers, and his messaging has been placed in question. With first-time general manager Kevyn Adams declining media requests, speculation is rising regarding Krueger’s status, and whether Eichel might be on the trade block. COVID UPDATE The NHL on Tuesday reached a season best with three players on the COVID protocol list. All three are stars — Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Nashville's Ryan Johansen and San Jose's Tomas Hertl — but the rules appear to be working to cut down on cases and outbreaks. “As I said to our players, we can do all the right things and this kind of stuff could happen,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “The other thing I would say is just because someone’s on the COVID protocol list doesn’t necessarily mean that they have COVID." GAME OF THE WEEK The first game in Philadelphia with fans this season comes Sunday when the Flyers host the Capitals in front of just over 3,000 — plus Gritty. LEADERS (Through Monday) Goals: Auston Matthews (Toronto), 18; Assists: Connor McDavid (Edmonton), 26; Points: McDavid, 40; Ice Time: Brent Burns (San Jose), 27:30; Wins: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay), 12; Goals-Against Average: Petr Mrazek (Carolina), 0.99; Save Percentage: Mrazek, .955. ___ AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at ___ More AP NHL: and Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

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    Top East Division teams square off in Bruins-Capitals matchup

    Washington Capitals (12-5-4, first in the East Division) vs. Boston Bruins (12-5-2, second in the East Division) Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The top two teams in the East Division square off when the Boston Bruins take on the Washington Capitals. The Bruins are 12-5-2 against the rest of their division. Boston serves 11.0 penalty minutes per game, the most in the league. Trent Frederic leads the team serving 24 total minutes. The Capitals are 12-5-4 against the rest of their division. Washington has scored 72 goals and is third in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with 10. In their last matchup on Feb. 1, Boston won 5-3. David Pastrnak recorded a team-high 2 points for the Bruins. TOP PERFORMERS: Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 10 goals and has 23 points. Pastrnak has seven goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Boston. Backstrom leads the Capitals with 25 points, scoring 10 goals and collecting 15 assists. Alex Ovechkin has four goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 6-4-0, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.1 assists, 4.8 penalties and 12.7 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with an .894 save percentage. Capitals: 6-3-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with an .899 save percentage. INJURIES: Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon: out (hand), Matt Grzelcyk: day to day (lower body), David Krejci: day to day (lower body), Ondrej Kase: day to day (upper body). Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov: out (upper body), Michal Kempny: out (lower body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press