Hail to the Victor
Thursday, 08.25.2011 / 10:58 PM ET
BostonBruins.com -- B's defenseman Steve Kampfer began today's interview about his Thursday with the Stanley Cup by thinking about the moments immediately following the Bruins Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
"It was an exciting time to receive the Cup and then take a victory lap," said Kampfer while wearing a wide grin in the visitors locker room of the University of Michigan's Yost Arena. "It was fun to get the picture and raise it up over the head for the first time.
"Then, to hand it off to somebody else Knowing what your team accomplished is amazing," he said.
For any true blue Michigan Wolverines fan, Kampfer's day with the Cup was a-MAIZE-ing as Steve made sure to bring Stanley back to Ann Arbor.
"I think with Michigan it was just one of those things," he said. "We started off with my trainer and then brought it -- I'll call it home -- because you spent so much time here at Yost.
"So you bring it back and get time to celebrate and spend time with the fans and the staff.
"I played here for four years and it was a defining time in my career," continued Kampfer. "So, I really wanted to bring it back here and give something back to Mott's hospital."
Kampfer spoke about the personal importance of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
"It touched home, for what my sister [Kristin] has gone through and to be able to give back to the hospital that helped save her and hopefully can save more kids," said Kampfer, who collected money for the medical facility and the Michigan hockey program while providing an opportunity for Michigan fans to get their picture taken with Steve and the Cup.
Kampfer's sister has undergone multiple procedures at the hospital and the family credits the staff there for saving her life.
"It was something that I've always wanted to do and I'm looking forward to making a little contribution to them," he said.
The combination of presenting the Stanley Cup to his University of Michigan family and fans along with his family friends in the state of Michigan was perfect for Kampfer.
"We get to go do this and take it home for a bit and do some more city things and get to have a family dinner and a little fun at night," said Kampfer.
And a little wrinkle in the Cup's schedule also left Steve with some time on Friday morning.
Kampfer knew exactly what he was going to do.
"A little golf!" said Kampfer. "I think I'm going to throw a little tour in there.
"I think it's going to be my ball marker for a little bit, so if I get inside of you, more than likely you're in trouble. You've got to putt around it.
"But hopefully I'm on, so we'll see," he said.
However, after the Cup hits the road on Friday, Kampfer is ready to turn the page and continue his preparations for the 2011-12 season.
"I've been skating for a little while now," said Kampfer. "So, I'm excited to get back and I'm excited to get going again. You know?
"This time of year you start getting the itch. Hockey's coming around and you want to get back.
"You want to put on that spoked-B and get on the ice and hopefully go for another great run."