August 10, 2004

So. | D | Thunder Bay, Ontario


Key Statistics: In 32 games, Campaner had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team.

What He Does: Mike Campaner is an undersized defenseman but uses his skating ability and composure to make a big difference for the Raiders. Once he settled in during his rookie season he found himself quarterbacking the Colgate power play, the first freshman to perform that role at Colgate since Cory Murphy (27 points as a rookie blueliner in 1997-98).

The Bigger Picture: Campaner’s best asset is his poise. He drew increased ice time as the season wore on and that was made even more necessary when stalwart defenseman Joey Mormina missed most of the second half with an injury. Most of Colgate’s defense corps is back for this season. Rob Brown graduated and J.R. Bria transferred to UMass Lowell.

Colgate coach Don Vaughan on Campaner: “I think he surprised a lot of people in our program last year with the exception of himself and his primary recruiter (assistant coach) Andrew Dickson. We saw someone who was a great skater with excellent lateral mobility and excellent vision. You should hear a lot from him in the next three years.”

— Joe Gladziszewski

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