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Rudolph "Bingo" Kampman, D

- 5'10", 187 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1942)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1939, 1940)
- 3-time Allan Cup Finalist (1936, 1937, 1943)
- PCHL All-Star (1949)
- Placed 5th, 7th, 9th in All-Star voting (2-12 voting points)
- Placed 6th, 14th in scoring by defensemen
- Left NHL due to WW2

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He already had three seasons of Senior hockey to his credit when he made the leap to the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kampman played 32 games as a rookie and was able to score a goal and added two assists in that time. The following year he upped his games played to a career-high 41 and managed to scored a couple of goals and 10 points. His third season, the 1939-40 campaign, saw him hit career bests in goals, assists and points with six goals, nine assists and fifteen points. He was unable to build on his success however, and the next year his production slipped to just five points. Though he got his point total back up to 11 points the following year it was what was accomplished in the post-season that was more important. Kampman chipped in two assists in 13 playoff games while helping the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup. It proved to be a fitting finale to his NHL career as he would not play at that level again following his Cup triumph.

The next three seasons Kampman spent playing Senior hockey on Canada's east coast before being traded by the Maple Leafs by the Boston Bruins prior to the 1945-46 season. The Bruins traded "Bingo" back to Toronto just a week later and they assigned him to the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. After spending the rest of that season and all of the next two in the AHL, Kampman moved on to the Pacific Coast Hockey League in 1948, where he was named an All-Star for his 20 point effort with the Fresno Falcons.
Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
Not many NHL defensemen were better nicknamed than Rudolph Kampman, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs... When Kampman bodychecked an opponent, a "bingo" resounded off the rafters; and for good reason. Kampman was built along the generous dimensions of a Clydesdale stallion...
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
When Rudolph Kampman broke into the NHL, he immediately caught the attention of observers due to his unique stick abilities. He was ambidextrous.

“One of the most unusual of our present day stick wielders in the NHL is “Bingo” Kampman. He’s distinctly a two-handed performer, who wields his stick either from the left side or the right with equal effectiveness. One minute you cast your eye over the Toronto defense and over Kampman, and you find him playing right-handed. Suddenly there is a shift of the opposing attack to his left. Presto! Bango Bingo is playing left-handed,” once wrote the editor of the Toronto Star.

Kampman was a hard rock defenseman with Toronto in the 1940s, not afraid to throw big body checks or exchange pleasantries with NHL's toughest fighters. His penchant for the physical game apparently earned him his famous nickname.

Kampman was as strong as an ox. Sometimes the on-ice Hercules even used his strength for his benefit away from the rink. More than once Kampman engaged in parlor tricks, winning bar room bets with his teammates by lifting tables high off of the ground with nothing more than his teeth!

Kampman was a bit like a modern day Ed Jovanovski, although Kampman was not nearly as gifted in the skating department. Still, he liked to rush the puck out of his zone, rumbling through each zone in burly although sometimes aimless fashion. He didn't score all that often, as his 14 tallies in 189 career games suggests, but his rushes were described as exciting and memorable.

Dit Clapper, the great Boston Bruin, certainly remembered one rush in particular. As Kampman entered the zone Clapper engaged him along the wall in a routine play. The two fell to the ice. Kampman got up, but Clapper was left lying on the ice in a pool of his own blood. Kampman's skate accidentally sliced Clapper's achillies tendon.

Kampman helped the Leafs with the Stanley Cup in 1942, but that would be the last he would play with them. He was enlisted in Canada's military efforts in World War II, serving in Ottawa and Nova Scotia while continuing to play senior hockey.

Upon his discharge Kampman, like so many Leafs of the early 40s, found his old roster spot taken by a younger player. Kampman continued to play on in various minor and senior leagues until 1950.
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, April 7, 1937
Here are pictured two big reasons for the Tigers' sensational showing in senior hockey. Rudolph "Bingo" Kampman, left, hard hitting defenseman, is a player of wide renown.
Originally Posted by Leader-Post, October 22, 1938
Conny Smythe, manager of Toronto's Maple Leafs, waxed enthusiastic about Rudolph (Bingo) Kampman, former Kitchener defenseman who came up to the NHL last Christmas after a sojourn in the IAHL. "Bingo is the most improved player in such a short space of time that I've ever seen. He's checking better, he's hitting harder and he's not afraid of anything."
Originally Posted by Youngstown Vindicator, November 27, 1938
...which might have been a sufficient night's activity except that Bingo Kampman of Toronto spilled Ebbie Goodfellow. They came up with fists bared and were joined by...
Apparently he had another nickname:

Originally Posted by Calgary Daily Herald, December 30, 1938
Good news came when Bingo Kampman, rushing rearguard, was pronounced fit to play here Saturday... "Dutch the Clutch" suffered a severe leg gash in a game here a month ago.
Originally Posted by Calgary Herald, April 12, 1939
Ambidextrous stickhandling has almost disappeared from the hockey rinks, but Bingo Kampman of Toronto still changes over to meet a situation.
Great playoff quote!:

Originally Posted by Windsor Daily Star, April 17, 1939
Bingo Kampman's ankle, injured when Toronto defeated Detroit in the semifinals, was so sore he could be used rarely outside of power plays... Kampman, hobbling as best he could, drove home the only Toronto score.
Originally Posted by Newark Sunday Call, March 10, 1940
Both teams joined in the fight and Bingo Kampman, Toronto defenseman, picked up Joe Cooper and threw him over the boards.
Kampman had a part in starting the Leafs off to a playoff victory and sparking what was called the greatest brawl in history:

Originally Posted by Windsor Daily Star, March 29, 1940
GREATEST BRAWL IN HISTORY - the game was less than two minutes old when Bingo Kampman crashed Cecil Dillon into the boards with such force that he was rendered hors de compat with a badly twisted knee. Kampman was just back in action when *** fired the shot that started the Leafs on their way to victory.
Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal, October 17, 1940
Bingo Kampman and Bucko McDonald make quite a pair. There's only one thing they would rather do, next to eating, and that is bash down opposing forwards from their defense posts.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, January 24, 1941
Stanowski and Bingo Kampman did the best bodychecking for Toronto, working a particularly effective sandwich.
Originally Posted by Spokesman-Review, January 25, 1941
You can fine-comb the league and you won't find two more punishing huskies than Hamilton and Kampman.
Yeah, Grosso scored, but still...

Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, April 6, 1942
The smooth-working Detroit center picked himself up from a terrific bodycheck dealt by Bingo Kampman, found the puck on his stick and blasted it high into the net.
Kampman had both the willingness and the ability to play in the NHL after the 1942 season, but the war called:

Originally Posted by Calgary Herald, November 27, 1942
KAMPMAN HOMESICK FOR NATIONAL LEAGUE - Bingo Kampman, the former Toronto Maple Leafs defense bruiser, now an army transport driver in the Halifax area, is nostalgic for the big time. Asked by Ken Chisholm how it felt to be out of hockey, Kampman replied: "Not so good. I can't even listen to those games Saturday. No foolin', it gets me down."
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, March 27, 1943
Kampman was like a young colt when he hit the ice for the pre-game warmup. Might be added he also hit a few of the (RCAF) Flyers once they started to play.

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