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Red Wings Call Up Ex-Bruins D Man Steven Kampfer From Grand Rapids



Steven Kampfer, Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings placed Robert Hagg on injured reserve and called up veteran defenseman Steven Kampfer from their Grand Rapids farm team.

Kampfer, 34, has played 234 NHL games for the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. His last stint in the NHL was 20 games for the Boston Bruins in 2020-21. He played the 2021-22 season in Russia playing for Kazan Ak-Bars in the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Red Wings signed the right-shot, puck-moving Kampfer in the offseason to give them a veteran call-up option on the blue line. Kampfer has played 19 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season and posted.

Kampfer is an Ann Arbor native and he played for the Little Caesars hockey program. He also played four seasons for the University of Michigan (2006-10). He totaled 60 points (7-53-60), 134 penalty minutes and a plus-65 rating in 147 games. Kampfer was named to the NCAA Midwest All-Regional Team as a senior and helped the program win Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament championships in 2008 and 2010.

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In addition to Hagg’s injury, the Red Wings are dealing with Olli Maatta’s illness. Coach Derek Lalonde said Monday Maatta tested negative for Covid. However, he was well enough to practice Monday. Lalonde said he didn’t believe Maatta would be ready to play tonight at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Red Wings haven’t provided any information about Hagg’s injury. His IR stay is retroactive to Dec. 8.