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David Bolland

Dave Bolland
Born (1986-06-05) June 5, 1986 (age 28)
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 2004
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2006–present

David Bolland (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bolland earned the nickname The Rat for his ability to get under the skin of opponents, similar to the play of Ken Linseman, the first player to have the nickname. Bolland was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Blackhawks full-time, Bolland played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Norfolk Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. While playing junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Bolland helped the London Knights capture the 2005 Memorial Cup. He also competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships where he helped Canada capture the gold medal. Bolland has won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in both 2010 and 2013.

Playing career

Born in 1986 in Mimico, a neighbourhood of Etobicoke, Ontario at the time, Bolland started playing hockey at the local arena, Mimico Arena, where he played for the Queensway Canadiens, then playing minor hockey for the Toronto Red Wings in the Greater Toronto Hockey League from 2000 until 2002. The Redwings would go on to win the OHL All Ontario Bantam Championship with Bolland recording 4 points in the championship game.[1]

Junior

While playing for the Toronto Red Wings, Bolland was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2002 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the London Knights.[2] Bolland made his OHL debut with the Knights during the 2002–03 season, where he played 63 games, scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists.[1] During his sophomore OHL season (2003–04), Bolland increased his offensive contributions to the Knights, scoring 37 goals and adding 30 assists, while being named the club's Most Improved Player.[1] Bolland represented the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Game and was also chosen to participate in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game.[1] Heading into the 2004 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, Bolland was the eighth ranked North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.[3] Bolland was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Professional

Bolland made his NHL debut versus the Vancouver Canucks on October 25, 2006. Bolland started the 2007–08 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Bolland spent the majority of his second professional season with the Blackhawks. He recorded his first NHL point on October 31, 2007 against the Dallas Stars[4] and scored his first NHL goal on December 16 against the Florida Panthers.[4] Bolland scored a game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 22, 2008.[5] On May 22, 2009, Bolland had two assists for the Blackhawks in the first 10 minutes of the 2009 Western Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings.[6] On June 9, 2010, Bolland became a Stanley Cup champion, in a checking role, when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers and won the Stanley Cup, ending their 49 year drought.[7] On June 24, 2013, Bolland scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.[8] During the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three Toronto draft picks: a second-round 2013 pick (No. 51), a fourth-round 2013 pick (No. 117, previously acquired from the Anaheim Ducks) and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[9][10]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Toronto Red Wings GTHL 95 79 67 146
2001–02 Toronto Red Wings GTHL 36 35 35 70 40
2002–03 London Knights OHL 64 7 10 17 21 14 2 1 3 2
2003–04 London Knights OHL 65 37 30 67 58 15 3 10 13 18
2004–05 London Knights OHL 66 34 51 85 97 18 11 14 25 30
2005–06 London Knights OHL 59 57 73 130 104 15 15 9 24 41
2006–07 Norfolk Admirals AHL 65 17 32 49 53 6 0 4 4 17
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Rockford IceHogs AHL 16 6 4 10 22 7 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 4 13 17 28
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 19 28 47 52 17 4 8 12 24
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 6 10 16 28 22 8 8 16 30
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 15 22 37 34 4 2 4 6 4
2011–12 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 76 19 18 37 47 6 0 3 3 2
2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 7 7 14 22 18 3 3 6 24
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 6 4 10 18
NHL totals 346 76 102 178 229 67 17 26 43 84

International

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold 2006 Vancouver Ice hockey
Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WJC 6 3 2 5 14
Junior int'l totals 6 3 2 5 14

References

  • Bolland was named AHL Rookie of the month in February 2007
  • Article on Bolland and the 2006 WJC tournament

External links

  • Bolland's Chicago Blackhawks profile
  • Bolland's profile on the Ontario Hockey League site
  • Bolland's profile on hockeysfuture.com
  • The Internet Hockey Database
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