Dave Bolland spent the first seven years of his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks. In that time he won two Stanley Cups and became a fan favorite. On Saturday, Bolland will be at the United Center in Chicago, but this time it won't be as a member of the Blackhawks. Bolland was traded away on draft night to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. Now a member of the Maple Leafs, Bolland will look to beat his former team and gain bragging rights over his peers.
During regular season play, Bolland scored 70 goals and added 98 assists as a member of the Blackhawks. In 67 playoff games, he scored 17 goals and added 23 assists. Bolland was a gritty player who did a lot for the Blackhawks. He liked to stir it up with opposing players, he could step in and win face offs and he had a flare for the dramatic. Perhaps the biggest thing Bolland will be remembered for is his game winning goal in Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which capped a miraculous comeback by the Blackhawks.
His celebration wasn't too shabby either.
Here's another look at Bolland's Stanley Cup winning goal.
Bolland currently has three goals and three assists for Toronto in eight games. He's scored the game winning goal twice, including the overtime winner in a two goal performance over the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this month. At 27 years old, Bolland still has some years left, but he has battled injuries the last few seasons. With the Maple Leafs, he will be called upon to assume a similar role he possessed with the Blackhawks.
The emotions will be pretty high when I walk into that building. The fans were always great. It was always awesome coming to the rink every game and playing.
His tricks are not going to work against us. We've seen them far too many times.
It will be interesting to see how Bolland does in his return to Chicago and in his first game against his former team. One thing is for sure – Bolland should get a standing ovation from the Blackhawks fans in attendance.
It will be weird seeing him in another jersey, but unfortunately times change.
Welcome back Dave!
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