For the second time in four years the Stanley Cup will be coming home to Toronto – thanks to Mimico native Dave Bolland.
Ironically, the fiesty 27-year-old forward who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in the recently concluded Stanley Cup championship, is now a Toronto Maple Leaf through a trade completed Sunday.
In a video interview with NHL.com, Bolland said he’ll likely split his traditional day with the Stanley Cup between London where he played his junior hockey (and where the Leafs will play their first pre-season game this fall) and Mimico where he was born and raised.
“I’ll have to take it to the legendary Blue Goose (Tavern) to have the Stanley Cup on display there,” he quipped in the interview.
While Bolland’s time with the Stanley Cup for 2013 has not been decided yet, but he recalled his triumphant 2010 Stanley Cup visit to Mimico as “pretty crazy.”
“We had a little parade and we did a little thing.”
Bolland hardly had time for the post-Stanley Cup celebrations to start winding down when the trade was announced. The news was bittersweet.
“You go from an ultimate high to not really an ultimate low but when you get traded you’re leaving the guys, you’re leaving the city,” he said in the video interview. “(I’m) going to miss Chicago, I’ve been there so long.”
Indeed, he has played his whole career in the Windy City amassing 168 points in 332 regular season games and 43 points in 67 post season games.
On the other hand, like most hockey-playing kids in Toronto, he grew up a Leaf fan.
“You never think in how many years you’re going to actually play for them – I’m excited and happy to be there.”
As for his role:
“We’ll see once we get there what the coaches ask, see what they want, if it’s the role of the third line, if it’s the role of the second line, whatever they’re going to put at me I’m going to do my best.”
Meanwhile, he’ll get an early peek at the Toronto Maple Leafs training facility at the MasterCard Centre in south Etobicoke.
That’s because the Mimico native had already booked the facility to hold his second annual hockey school beginning in late July.
For more on his hockey camp, visit http://dbsperformance.com (and link through Community/Hockey Camp)