One of the conditions of any conditioning assignment is the understanding that things may not go smoothly. Young Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer has now learned that lesson firsthand.
Assigned to Providence on April 6 for the AHL club's final weekend of the season as something of a playoff tune-up after sitting in nine of 10 games for Boston, Kampfer sustained an injury in his second game of the weekend on Saturday in Springfield.
"Steve got tangled up in the neutral zone there early in the game with a Springfield player and it’s still being determined what the extent of the injury is," said P-Bruins head coach Rob Murray prior to his team’s final game against Manchester on Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
"He came back, he played one shift after that and he didn't feel he could go, so we shut him down for the game and hopefully it’s not too serious," continued Murray. "He was able to get back out there and skate. The doctors were in here this morning to look at him, so we’ll see. Hopefully it's not, you know, that's a tough break for him if it's anything serious."
The potential loss of Kampfer for any amount of time is far from ideal but not detrimental for Boston, as the B’s do have veteran Shane Hnidy as one of seven healthy defensemen on their roster.
A rookie, Kampfer has appeared in 38 games for the parent Bruins, totaling five goals and five assists, along with 22 contests for the gang an hour down I-95.