Hockey humanitarian Jessica Campbell makes history with exciting selection to Battle of the Blades

In the aftermath of a Stanley Cup Final contested in September, the sixth season of Battle of the Blades brings with it a unique element of history. From the outset, the competition shall feature three female hockey players, an unprecedented first. Featuring multiple Winter Games gold medalists Meghan Agosta and Jennifer Botterill, who has also made a name for herself as a respected broadcaster, recently employed with the NHL’s New York Islanders, this trinity of elite talent involves another tremendous individual whose inclusion embodies the sense of history. Born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Jessica Campbell becomes the first non-Olympic women’s ice hockey player to compete on the highly popular program.

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Known affectionately as Boof and Soupy, Campbell, also an entrepreneur, having established JC Powerskating and Prairie Built Hockey, is a revered teammate whose compassion and empathy exemplifies a tremendous character. While playing for Cornell University in the Ivy League, racking up 100 points, serving as team captain in her senior season, one of her teammates was Morgan Richardson, whose younger sister Daron, tragically lost her life to suicide. As the admirable cause Do It for Daron (DIFD) was founded in the aftermath of such a devastating loss, supporting numerous initiatives at The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the Big Red hosted fundraisers in the cause’s honor among Morgan’s arrival in Ithaca.

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With many Big Red competitors graduating to the professional ranks, their admiration for DIFD never wavered. In addition to the Big Red continuing to host fundraisers following Morgan’s graduation, which even saw Ivy League rival Princeton host an event this past season, it is not uncommon to see the trademark DIFD Purple Heart logo on the back of many players helmets throughout North America. From Alyssa Gagliardi organizing a DIFD fundraiser for her club team, the NWHL’s Boston Pride, to Campbell, raising awareness of the cause in the paraphernalia of the Calgary Inferno, their efforts, among so many others, is a remarkable testament to the positive impact of DIFD.

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That impact continues in Battle of the Blades, as Campbell, an advocate for mental health, and recipient of the CWHL’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award, shall be competing on their behalf. Her skating partner, Asher Hill, who can also be seen in co-hosting duties on the CBC Sports’ YouTube series That Figure Skating Show with Dylan Moscovitch, will be skating for the Black Legal Action Centre. Worth noting, Agosta and Botterill, each former Angela James Bowl winners both share the common thread of CWHL hockey with Campbell. Agosta, who holds the league record for most points scored in one CWHL season, like Campbell, both have their names engraved on the Clarkson Cup. Botterill, whose skating partner is Eric Radford, is not only a charter member of the Toronto Furies, holds the franchise single season scoring record.

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Known affectionately as Boof and Soupy, Campbell, also an entrepreneur, having established JC Powerskating and Prairie Built Hockey, is a revered teammate whose compassion and empathy exemplifies a tremendous character. While playing for Cornell University in the Ivy League, racking up 100 points, serving as team captain in her senior season, one of her teammates was Morgan Richardson, whose younger sister Daron, tragically lost her life to suicide. As the admirable cause Do It for Daron (DIFD) was founded in the aftermath of such a devastating loss, supporting numerous initiatives at The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the Big Red hosted fundraisers in the cause’s honor among Morgan’s arrival in Ithaca.

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With many Big Red competitors graduating to the professional ranks, their admiration for DIFD never wavered. In addition to the Big Red continuing to host fundraisers following Morgan’s graduation, which even saw Ivy League rival Princeton host an event this past season, it is not uncommon to see the trademark DIFD Purple Heart logo on the back of many players helmets throughout North America. From Alyssa Gagliardi organizing a DIFD fundraiser for her club team, the NWHL’s Boston Pride, to Campbell, raising awareness of the cause in the paraphernalia of the Calgary Inferno, their efforts, among so many others, is a remarkable testament to the positive impact of DIFD.

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That impact continues in Battle of the Blades, as Campbell, an advocate for mental health, and recipient of the CWHL’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award, shall be competing on their behalf. Her skating partner, Asher Hill, who can also be seen in co-hosting duties on the CBC Sports’ YouTube series That Figure Skating Show with Dylan Moscovitch, will be skating for the Black Legal Action Centre. Worth noting, Agosta and Botterill, each former Angela James Bowl winners both share the common thread of CWHL hockey with Campbell. Agosta, who holds the league record for most points scored in one CWHL season, like Campbell, both have their names engraved on the Clarkson Cup. Botterill, whose skating partner is Eric Radford, is not only a charter member of the Toronto Furies, holds the franchise single season scoring record.

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