As a budding goalie in Port Huron, Mich., Jack Campbell might have been expected to idolize All-Star Red Wings netminders Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood. Instead, he looked to Dallas and the Stars' Marty Turco. Jack would mimic Turco's puckhandling manner and even the way he'd grip his stick. Last year, when Campbell met Turco for the first time, Campbell said he considered it a "life-changing experience." So how did he feel last Friday in Los Angeles when he pulled on his Stars jersey after being selected 11th overall in the NHL entry draft? Said a beaming Campbell, "To be picked by the team I wanted to the most—it really is a dream come true."
At 18, the 6'3", 175-pound Campbell, the first netminder and American selected, is athletic, positionally sound and imperturbable. He made a huge impression on scouts when he helped Team USA win gold at the World Juniors in January. Next season Campbell is expected to play for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. If he makes it to Dallas, he probably won't share a dressing room with his idol: On July 1, after nine years in Big D, Turco was expected to hit the free-agent market. It's enough for Campbell that he'll be wearing the same jersey—for a while, anyway.
Tex Message Campbell (center) grew up in Michigan, but his heart was in Texas.