So Brandon Bollig read our 2013-2014 season prediction for him and decided to make it look silly in the preseason. He’s known for his tough guy status and fighting inclinations on a team that boasts talent, skill, and speed. Bollig is the standard protector and fighter for his Chicago Blackhawks teammates that we’d all rather not see fight or be dangerously hit into the boards. It’s an important role, but one that doesn’t get a whole lot of playing time on a team like the Blackhawks. So, of course, his over/under was set at 0 goals and 2 assists for an entire season. You might want to take the over on that.
Bollig made himself noticeable and valuable with just 5 preseason games to work with. In the 1st preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings, he received a 2 minute minor for roughing after making sure that Mitch Callahan knew that boarding Sheldon Brookbank was a bad idea. The Blackhawks went on to win 2-0.
In the 2nd preseason game when the Blackhawks were trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on home ice, Bollig scored in the 3rd period to tie it up 3-3 and send it to overtime. The Blackhawks eventually lost in a shootout.
Against the Washington Capitals in 3rd preseason game, Bollig scored in the 2nd period to give Chicago a nice 4-2 lead. The Blackhawks would end up needing that goal as the Caps tied it up and eventually sent the game to a shootout which the Blackhawks won 5-4.
In the final preseason game against the Capitals, Bollig earned a 5-min fighting major along with Caps defenseman Michal Cajkovski just 3 and a half minutes into the game. In short, Bollig proved that he can do his job and that he can come in handy when you need him to.
Beyond that, Bollig enjoys the fans. And we like that. He has an active Twitter account that gives glimpses of what life is like hanging out with the Blackhawks off the ice. He also doesn’t mind making fun of himself to get a good laugh. In his spoof of Patrick Kane‘s stick handling video, Bollig proves that he’s no Patrick Kane, but we love him for that.
Maybe we can expect more from Bollig this season and fully anticipate some behind-the-scenes looks and a few laughs along the way.
What do you think of Bollig’s preseason play, both on and off the ice?