May 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane
Dave Bolland – 2004-2013
Games – 355
Goals – 78
Games – 67
Goals – 17
Assists – 26
Points – 43
During his time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Dave Bolland may not have garnered as much fanfare as some of his teammates, but he played an integral role helping the Hawks end their near 50 year Stanley Cup drought and add to their legacy by helping them win the Stanley Cup again in 2013.
Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks in 2006, which would turn out to be ironic, because it would be against the Canucks that Bolland would make his stamp on the NHL.
During the 2009 and 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bolland came into his own as a potent shutdown forward, proving to be a dangerous irritant of opposing team’s star players. Bolland’s harassment and stymying of high-profile Canucks forwards in particular, such as the Sedin Sisters aka Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, was so effective Vancouver coined the Bolland’s nickname “The Rat,” the first player since Ken Linseman to earn the moniker.
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Of course Bolland forever etched his legacy into Chicago history by taking part in the miraculous come back that came to be known as 17 Seconds in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins. After the Hawks miraculously tied the game in the final minutes with an empty night, Bolland was able to find the back of the Boston’s net off a Johnny Oduya shot from a Bruins turnover a mere 17 seconds later. With one goal, Bolland took the air out of an entire stadium; a boast only a select few hockey players can claim.
After such a dramatic climax, Bolland sold his stock while it was high to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. The Blackhawks are still trying to find a decent replacement for the role Boland played, and here’s hoping they find another Rat soon.
What are your favorite memories of Bolland? What do you think? Too high or too low?
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