Friday, February 3, 2012


KEN CAMPBELL


by: Ron C. Johnston


Ken Campbell had to be one of the best Regina Pats' goaltenders in that area. Jock Campbell said, "Ken came from a farming family at Lumsden, of 10 children, 3 boys, Ken was the youngest." He started his hockey career in Regina, coming up through the Crescent Midget team, graduated to the Juvenile Caps, then played for the Junior "B" Argos. In the 1929-30 season, at the age of 17 and only 140 pounds, he joined the Regina Pats when the Argos and Pats amalgamated.

While playing for the Regina Pats from 1929-30 to 1931-32 season, he had an incredible record as follows:

Played in 39 exhibition games - 15 shutouts - (7 Jr.; 1 Int.; 7 Sr.)
Played in 11 league games - 6 shutouts
Played in 24 play-off games - 17 shutouts
Played in 74 total games - 38 shutouts

The following year, 1932-33, Ken played senior hockey with the Regina Aces in the Southern Saskatchewan League and Interleague play against the North League. he shared duties with Any Young. Ken played in 14 league and play-off games, 875 minutes played, 18 goals against, 5 shutouts, and had an average of 1.23.

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Curator Jacqueline Campbell's, Great Grandfather was Ken Campbell. Her father, Jock Campbell stated, "In 1935-36 season Ken and Regina Pats teammate, Ralph Redding, both went west and got jobs with "Kimico" at Kimberley. They both played for the Kimberley Dynamiters." Kimberley played in the West Kootenay Senior League with the well-known Trail Smoke Eaters until the 1939-40 season. ken played in 50 league and play-off games, 3,000 minutes played, 193 goals against, 3 shutouts, and had an average of 3.86. The following season, 1941-42, he was the head coach of the Dynamiters. The club went onto win the League Championship, winning the "Savage Cup".

The Dynamiters reached the very pinnacle of the hockey world in 1937, only five years and two months after the team was first formed. The Dynamiters claimed the Allan Cup (emblematic of senior hockey supremacy in Canada) in 1936, defeating the Sudbury Falcons in two straight games, 2-0 and 4-3. the following season, the Allan Cup Championship was a busy one for the boys from Kimberley. having qualified the previous year, the Dynamiters played 14 exhibition games across Canada with a 62-game tour of Europe.

They eventually ending up in London, England, the site of the 1937 World Ice Hockey Championships which were hosted by the British Ice Hockey Association. At the time, Great Britain was the reigning European, Olympic and World Ice Hockey Champions. However it was the Dynamiters who dominated the Championship tournament as they swept aside Great Britain and everyone else who got in their way. The Dynamiters were unbeaten in nine games at the tournament, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 60-4. Their only loses were English Teams compiled of Canadian players. Netminder Ken Campbell registered 6 shutouts in the nine games played.

Following the world championship, Campbell continued to stone the opposition in Budapect, Berne, and Zurich, as the Dynamiters won 27 of 29 games with 1 tie. They out scored their opposition, the best in the world 144-32.

The 1937 Kimberley Dynamiters - World Champions were inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 as a Team Category.