No. 36: C Dave Bolland (2006-13)
The guy who couldn’t be bothered to smile even when he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal, Bolland’s career in Chicago was a strange one. “The Rat” wasn’t an amazing statistical guy, but he constantly found a way to be involved in big plays and make himself an important member of some good Blackhawks teams.
Bolland won two Cups with the Blackhawks and actually received Selke votes in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Those were two of his best statistical seasons in Chicago, as he posted 37 points in both campaigns after hitting 47 in 2008-09.
Bolland wasn’t a huge hitter in Chicago, never surpassing 67 in a regular season, but he used his body in a big way during some postseason spots. He lit up Dan Hamhuis ahead of a Blackhawks goal against Vancouver in 2011, jarred the puck loose along the boards ahead of Brent Seabrook‘s series-winner against Detroit in 2013 and jammed his way to the crease for the Cup winner the same year.
He wasn’t great at winning faceoffs and probably didn’t score as much as he was needed to, but Bolland made some important contributions to the Blackhawks in No. 36.
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