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Bolland, Hawks have mutual respect going into his return

Oct 19, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

Dave Bolland #63 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(October 1, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Dave Bolland is the type of player that can get under opponents skin. He chips at both ends of the rink and until this summer, he was part of a Chicago Blackhawks squad that won the Stanley Cup twice in just four seasons.

After Bolland netted the 2013 Stanley Cup-winning goal, the cap constrained Blackhawks dealt him to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s gotten off to a good start with his new team and tonight he’ll get to show his former squad what it’s like to be at the other end in his return to Chicago.

Not that any form of revenge seems to be something he’s looking for. After all the success Bolland had with the Blackhawks, he’s not entering this game with hard feelings. He still thinks very highly of the city and is close with many of the core Chicago players he spent years playing alongside.

“I still text with some of the guys and stay in touch,” Bolland told the Toronto Sun. “(Jonathan) Toews and Kane and (Duncan) Keith, guys like that.

“When you are on a winning team and you are together for that long, going through two Stanley Cups, I don’t think any of us will ever break apart from one another. You win as a team and you are always along on that same path.”

Toews largely echoed Bolland’s comments. The former teammates will both work hard to exit the game with two points as they each fight to add to their successful careers, but that doesn’t have to diminish their previous accomplishments together.

  1. hammerhead5573 - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    At some point the Hawks need to shake the funk they are in. Toronto is a great team and it’ll be nice to see the Hawks get the upper hand this game. I hope Hawks fans at the UC give Bolland the welcome he deserves. In the 2 cups the Hawks won, he was an extremely important part of the team. Yes he struggled at times but when it came down to it, he gave his all.

    Some players on the Hawks who need to get their head out of their arse:

    *Duncan Keith -Enough of the blind passes, and feel free to score on the other team rather than your own
    *Michal Rosival – Skate like you are trying to keep your job
    *Johnny Oduya – It really is ok to hit someone

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Rozsival hasnt played every game. So when youre complaining about a guy not an everyday player, thats probably at the verge of nitpicking. Not saying youre wrong though. Id like to see them relax and slow down a bit. Shoot the damn puck and actually get a shot on goal. Way too many high scoring opportunities hit the glass. Im going tonight and really look forward to seeing Bolland.

    • hammerhead5573 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I think there is a reason he is not playing every game though. None the less, I like the guy but he has to play better to be on the ice. Anyways, enjoy the game bro. It will be a good one

  3. blackhawks2010 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Bolly in his return. He will always be a true Blackhawk. Go Hawks!

  4. canucks30 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    As a Canucks fan I can’t stand the guy…which means he’s good at what he does.

    He’s one of those guys that always raises his game come playoff time like Claude Lemieux.

  5. jpat2424 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Bolland is a class act.

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