"Colin is afraid of no one," coach Glen Sather said of his new charge when he arrived in Edmonton. True enough, Campbell fought for the team, hit, checked, disturbed, and harassed his way to a regular job for more than a decade. His coach at one time in Vancouver, Harry Neale, saw him as a potential bench boss himself.
In 1985, Neale now in Detroit and Campbell not getting any younger, the player retired to become Neale's assistant. He moved on to the Rangers in 1990 in the same capacity, winning a Cup on Broadway under head man Mike Keenan. That summer, when Keenan bolted to St. Louis, Campbell became New York's head coach, a position he held for four years. In 1998, he was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs, but the NHL hired him to adjudicate nefarious on-ice actions by players. Under his reign so far, Campbell has handed out increasingly lengthy suspensions, culminating with a one-year ban for Marty McSorley, the longest such suspension in league history.
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