Former Blues player running for Missouri congressional seat – STLtoday.com

Blues Alumni Chris Thorburn, left, and Jim Campbell, right, congratulate teammates Ray Whitney after he scored a goal during the Blues/NHL Alumni Game at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com
JEFFERSON CITY — A former member of the St. Louis Blues hockey team is running for a seat in Congress.
Jim Campbell, a forward in the National Hockey League for a decade beginning in the 1990s, filed Tuesday to run as a Republican for the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Harrisonville.
Campbell, who played 285 games in the NHL, was with the Blues from 1996 to 1999.
He is among fewer than a dozen Blues who scored more than 20 goals as a rookie when he had 23 goals in 1996-97 playing alongside Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Chris Pronger and Pierre Turgeon.
Campbell also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Campbell, whose nickname is “Soupy,” retired in 2006. He owns the Geyer Inn in Kirkwood and JP Fields, a hockey bar in Clayton.
He also has coached youth hockey in the region.
On Wednesday, he declined comment on his bid because of a death in the family.
Campbell is running from a Climax Springs address for the district, which currently stretches from the Kansas border through much of mid-Missouri, including Columbia, Mexico and St. Robert on the eastern edge.
State lawmakers have not yet approved a final version of the new district boundaries as part of the once-per-decade redrawing the state’s political maps.
Climax Springs is near the Lake of the Ozarks.
Hartzler is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Roy Blunt.
Others who filed to run in the GOP primary include state Sen. Rick Brattin of Harrisonville, state Rep. Sara Walsh of Ashland, Bill Irwin of Harrisonville, television news anchor Mark Alford of Kansas City, former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks of Hartsburg and Kalena Bruce, a cattle farmer from Stockton.
Campbell is a native of Massachusetts.
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Kurt Erickson is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Blues Alumni Chris Thorburn, left, and Jim Campbell, right, congratulate teammates Ray Whitney after he scored a goal during the Blues/NHL Alumni Game at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com
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