June 5, 1986 |
Etobicoke, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||32nd overall, 2004
David D. Bolland (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bolland earned the nickname The Rat for his ability to get under the skin of opponents, similar to the play of Ken Linseman, the first player to have the nickname. Bolland was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Blackhawks full-time, Bolland played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Norfolk Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. While playing junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Bolland helped the London Knights capture the 2005 Memorial Cup. He also competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships, where he helped Canada capture the gold medal. Bolland has won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in both 2010 and 2013.
Bolland was born in 1986 in Etobicoke, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, and lived in the Mimico neighbourhood. He started playing hockey at the local arena, Mimico Arena, where he played for the Queensway Canadiens. He then played minor hockey for the Toronto Red Wings in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) from 2000 until 2002. The Redwings would go on to win the OHL All Ontario Bantam Championship with Bolland recording four points in the championship game.
While playing for the Toronto Red Wings, Bolland was selected in the first round, eighth overall, of the 2002 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the London Knights. Bolland made his OHL debut with the Knights during the 2002–03 season, where he played 63 games, scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists. During his sophomore OHL season (2003–04), Bolland increased his offensive contributions to the Knights, scoring 37 goals and adding 30 assists, while being named the club's Most Improved Player. Bolland represented the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Game and was also chosen to participate in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game. Heading into the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Bolland was the eighth ranked North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Bolland was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Bolland made his NHL debut versus the Vancouver Canucks on October 25, 2006. Bolland started the 2007–08 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, though spent the majority of his second professional season with the Blackhawks. He recorded his first NHL point on October 31, 2007, against the Dallas Stars and scored his first NHL goal on December 16 against the Florida Panthers. Bolland scored a game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 22, 2008. On May 22, 2009, Bolland had two assists for the Blackhawks in the first 10 minutes of the 2009 Western Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. On June 9, 2010, Bolland became a Stanley Cup champion when the Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers and won the Stanley Cup, ending their 49-year drought. On June 24, 2013, Bolland scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals over the Boston Bruins, leading the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup title in four years.
During the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three Toronto draft picks: a second-round 2013 pick (Carl Dahlström, selected 51st overall), a fourth-round 2013 pick previously acquired from the Anaheim Ducks (Fredrik Bergvik, selected 117th overall) and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (Frederik Olofsson, selected 98th overall).
Following one season played with the Maple Leafs, Bolland was unable to agree to a new contract with the team, and on July 1, 2014, the Florida Panthers signed Bolland as an unrestricted free agent on a five-year, $27.5 million contract.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||Toronto Red Wings||GTHL||95||79||67||146||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Toronto Red Wings||GTHL||36||35||35||70||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||23||8||4||12||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and achievements
- 2003–04 OHL Third All-Star Team
- Played in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game.
- 2005 Memorial Cup Champion with London Knights
- 2004–05 OHL All-Star
- 2005–06 OHL First All-Star Team
- 2005–06 OHL Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy winner
- Captain of Team OHL in Canada/Russia Series, November 2005.
- Stanley Cup Champion (2010, 2013)
- Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer, 2013
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- "2002 OHL Priority Selection". Canoe.ca. May 4, 2002. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- "NHL Central Scouting Service - Final Ranking -- May, 2004" (PDF). National Hockey League. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
- "Dave Bolland #36, 2007-2008 Regular Season Game Log". NHL.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Dave Bolland #36, 2008-2009 Regular Season Game Log". NHL.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Game Recap: Sharp's OT winner lifts Hawks over Wings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Game Recap: Kane OT goal breaks Hawks' Stanley Cup drought". NHL.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Game Recap: Blackhawks' late goals stun Bruins to win Stanley Cup". NHL.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Dave Bolland traded to Toronto for three draft picks." CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- "Canucks-Devils trade highlights day of deals at draft". NHL.com. June 30, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- "Dave Bolland agrees to five-year contract with Florida Panthers". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- Bolland was named AHL Rookie of the month in February 2007
- Article on Bolland and the 2006 WJC tournament