On a busy Draft Day, the Sea Dogs made a move to acquire overage defenseman Michael Campoli from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. In exchange, the Sea Dogs sent the Armada a 2019 4th Round Selection and 2019 6th Round Selection.
Campoli played last season for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL where he recorded 11 points in 19 games. In 2016-2017, the 6”3 defenseman played 12 games for Boston College of the NCAA.
A native of Montreal with dual citizenship, Campoli spent two seasons in the US National Team Development Program winning a silver medal at the Under-17 Hockey Championships in 2014-15. He has also attended Buffalo Sabres prospects camp.
“It has been a busy week for us and an important one for the future of our franchise” said Sea Dogs President and General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “We selected 3 of the top 4 defensemen on our list and want to ensure that they are insulated with leadership and experience. Michael has been to an NHL Camp, he has won on a national stage, he has lived the NCAA experience, and him bringing those life experiences to our room will be invaluable for our young team.”
Campoli is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and had previously worked with Head Coach Josh Dixon when Dixon was their Director of Player Development.
“To be able to add a player of Michael’s pedigree, experience, and character to our lineup is tremendous” said Head Coach, Josh Dixon. “The experience of playing for the US national development program and at Boston College will be invaluable as Michael aids in the support and mentorship of our young D-core. We will look for Michael to have a big impact on our team both on and off the ice.”
“I am honored to join such a prestigious organization with the Saint John Sea Dogs” said Michael Campoli. “I am also excited for the beginning of a new chapter in my hockey career. I think Saint John will be a great fit for me, both as a player and a person, and I am looking forward to joining the team for the season. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year.”
It’s been a busy week for players choosing to play north of the border in Saint John. Earlier this week the Sea Dogs announced defenseman Charlie Desroches (previously a Northeastern University Commit) and Joshua Lawrence (previously a Boston University Commit) had both committed to the QMJHL for the 2018-2019 season.