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Leafs coach raves about Bolland’s work ethic

Oct 13, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

Newly acquired Toronto Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland has three goals so far this season. Two of them were game-winners, including Saturday’s 6-5 OT stunner:

It’s not the solid scoring that has Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle raving. Instead, he glowed about the 27-year-old’s work ethic to the Toronto Sun on Sunday.

“He practices like a pro. He’s trying to make himself better every day,” Carlyle said. “Some of our young players could take notice of that and we’ve talked to them about it. Just to take notice of how he approaches practice and how intense he is and the level of commitment he puts in.

“It’s guys like David Bolland that sell your program and help coaches in leading by example and showing the way. Those are very, very important intangibles that happen within the team.”

Despite a red-hot start, Carlyle isn’t happy with everything that’s happening with the Buds, particularly last night’s hectic affair. Still, it’s clear that he’s pleased with Bolland.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    He just knows how to play the game. Always goes to the right places with his stick on the ice. Solid pickup for the Leafs.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    He couldn’t stay healthy lately with the Hawks, but everyone knew he was a gamer. It was just his cap hit, and they had younger cheaper guys who could do what he did. Blackhawk fans will always like the guy, he did hit a Cup winning goal for us!

  3. jpat2424 - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    He’s awesome. Chi-town misses him

  4. sprtsfan1 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Gotta love that rat. Played awesome for us in Chicago. He’s well missed.

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