Union hockey’s Campbell gained intangible tools

Campbell was team captain sophomore year.
Ryan Campbell played for Union hockey from 1996-2000.
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Ryan Campbell played for Union hockey from 1996-2000.

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The Union hockey program celebrates its 25th anniversary season this year. To commemorate it, I’m taking a look back at some of the players who were part of the program and have them share their memories of playing for the Dutchmen.

Ryan Campbell

YEARS PLAYED AT UNION: 1996-2000.

POSITION: Forward.

CAREER STATISTICS: 128 games, 33 goals, 31 assists for 64 points.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME TO UNION?: First of all, Union is a great school, and I knew I was going to get a great education. Secondly, I knew that Union was going to have 13 seniors my freshman year, and it was going to give me a chance to play. Little did I know I would contribute all four years.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF IN YOUR TIME AT UNION?: I learned a lot about myself. I grew up a lot in my time at Union. I learned what hard work was, both on and off the ice, and I learned what discipline was as well, and those are two things I worked on in my playing days and still today and I hope to instill in my two boys.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS: I would have to say freshman male athlete of the year 1996-1997, as well as ECAC all-rookie team freshman year. Being named captain as a sophomore.

WHAT HE’S DOING NOW: Campbell is the wellness operations manager for a physical therapy and wellness facility in Warner Robins, Georgia. He runs the wellness department and does personal training.

HOW DID YOUR PLAYING CAREER INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE AFTER UNION?: I was very fortunate that I played 4 years pro after graduation. I played for the Macon Whoopee in the CHL and for the Oklahoma City Blazers in the CHL. Hockey has made me who I am today. I played for some very good coaches who were also mentors. Kevin Sneddon was one of those guys, someone you looked up to and wanted to be like. Hockey gave me so many intangible tools to take into the real world. I am very grateful for that.

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