David Kampf speaks out after being scratched on Saturday.
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David Kampf speaks out after being scratched on Saturday.

David Kampf shares his thoughts on Sheldon Keefe's controversial decision over the weekend.

Jonathan Larivee

The Toronto Maple Leafs had something of a controversial weekend, one that surprisingly did not stem directly from the team's poor performance on the ice.

Although the Maple Leafs lost a pair of games to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes respectively, it would be the decision from Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe to scratch veteran forward David Kampf that would cause most of the drama.

Kampf had been on an ironman streak of over 300 consecutive games, something Kampf's own wife pointed out on social media after Keefe's decision ended his streak, and is widely viewed as the team's most reliable defensive forward. In spite of these factors Keefe benched Kampf coming off of a loss when many, including former National Hockey League player Kevin Bieksa who publicly chastised Keefe over the decision, felt that Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov was the man to blame for that loss.

You might think this entire situation would leave Kampf furious and even possibly quite bitter, and it may have done just that, but on Monday Kampf once again showcased he was a true professional when he was asked about the controversial decision over the weekend. While Kampf did acknowledge that he was "surprised" by the decision, he refused to throw Sheldon Keefe under the bus.

"Just have to keep working hard and be better," said Kampf matter of factly.

I would be genuinely surprised if Kampf had no hard feelings towards Keefe at all over his decision this weekend, but if he does he is doing a great job of masking it.