Newburgh’s Jacob Campbell is headed back to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Hockey League.
The 19-year-old forward was acquired in a trade from the Cobourg Cougars. The deal marks a reunion of sorts for Campbell, who skated with the G-Hawks in 2018-19.
“I got a call from Jerome Dupont (Trenton’s director of hockey operations) and Peter Goulet (head coach/GM), telling me I had been traded to Trenton, where I used to play. I am excited to be back,” Campbell said in a media release from the team. “I see a team that is really close, well coached, and a team that wants to win a championship. It is an honour to be back and I cannot wait to get things started.”
Last year the G-Hawks were 40-10-1 in the regular season and had their playoff run interrupted by Hockey Canada’s suspension of play due to COVID-19.
Campbell played for his hometown Napanee Raiders in 2017-18, putting up 15 goals and 34 assists at the Junior C level. That helped earned him a promotion to the OJHL the next season, starting in Trenton. He tallied seven goals and seven assists in his first full season. In 2019-20 he split time between the Collingwood Colts and the Cougars, finishing with a combined 18 goals and 24 assists in 51 games while also racking up 126 penalty minutes.
“I feel like I have improved, because I have grown,” Campbell added on his return to Trenton, according to the team’s website. “I have gotten more used to the league and what it is about. My style of play has changed, as I am more aggressive and tougher. I want to win more.”
The OJHL is yet to announce a start date for the upcoming season but says it is working closely with Hockey Canada and various health authorities to determine a safe return to the ice.