We’ve got some more fresh blood on board, and this time there’s absolutely no connection to the Washington Capitals. Bruno Campese has been hired as an amateur scout likely to be focused on Western Canada and the Northwest United States.
Campese, a former goalie selected in the 12th round by the Boston Bruins, was most recently the head coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to assuming that role he was the GM and/or head coach of the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL from 2008-2015.
We can assume this was a Kelly McCrimmon hire based on his time spent competing against Campese with the Brandon Wheat Kings, also of the WHL.
During his time with the Raiders, Campese had two players drafted in the first round of the NHL draft, Josh Morrissey (#13 in 2013) and Mark McNeill (#18 in 2011).
The word Washington does pop up in Campese’s past once however, and that’s because he attended Eastern Washington University. Not exactly a Cap, but it must have sufficed the McPhee Washington Requirement.
His crowning achievement as a player was competing in the 1994 Olympics with the Italian National Ice Hockey Team. Campese also played professional hockey in Britain, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Canada.