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Rock goaltender Campbell retires after 14 NLL seasons

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TSN.ca Staff
6/27/2012 7:34:28 PM
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Toronto Rock goaltender Pat Campbell announced his retirement from the National Lacrosse League after 14 seasons and four NLL Championships. 

The 35-year old Campbell started his career with the Ontario Raiders in 1998 and moved along with the franchise to Toronto where he captured his first two NLL titles in 1999 and 2000. He also had stops along the way with Columbus, Rochester, Edmonton and Calgary before returning to the Rock to win his fourth Champion's Cup in 2011 with the Rock. 

Campbell's other NLL Championship came in 2009 as a member of the Calgary Roughnecks.

"I didn't think my play was helping the team anymore," said Campbell. "I just felt that I wasn't getting it done this past season and it's time to let someone else get it done."
 
Last season, Campbell served as the backup goaltender to both Matt Roik and then Nick Rose upon his acquisition midway through the season. Campbell often referred to the backup role as the "relief goaltender" and it was a job he embraced and perhaps defined.

"Paddy is just a special guy and a great teammate," said Rock owner and president Jamie Dawick. "I am extremely proud that he retires as a member of the Toronto Rock. He always represented the Rock with the class and professionalism we expect of our players and I know the example he set representing the franchise will be something the next generation of Rock player carries forward."
 
With Campbell vacating the crease, the Rock will search for a backup goaltender to starter Nick Rose. Zak Boychuk was on the practice roster in 2012 and will come to Rock camp in the fall to compete for the now vacant goalie position on the active roster.

Pat Campbell (Photo: Cory Shannon/NLL)

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(Photo: Cory Shannon/NLL)
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