David Bolland (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Hailing from Mimico, Ontario, 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 Ice Hogs. 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 helped lead the 2009–10 Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961 ending the 49 year drought.
Born in 1986 in Mimico, a neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Bolland played minor hockey for the Toronto Red Wings in the Greater Toronto Hockey League from 2000 until 2002. The Redwings would go on to win the OHL All Ontario Bantam Championship with Bolland recording 4 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 (OHL) 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 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, Bolland was the eighth ranked North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.
Bolland made his NHL debut versus the Vancouver Canucks on October 25, 2006. Bolland started the 2007–08 season with the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL. He scored the first goal in IceHogs history on October 6 at Quad City and later became the first IceHogs player to get the call up to the Chicago Blackhawks on November 25. Bolland spent the majority of his second professional season with the Blackhawks. He recorded his first NHL point on October 31 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 June 9, 2010, Bolland became a Stanley Cup champion when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers and won the Stanley Cup, ending their 49-year drought.
Dave’s commitment to social causes and issues comes from an honest place. Growing up in a working class neighbourhood like Mimico, Dave was no stranger to the ills of society. Taught to work hard and to take care of the people around you, Dave’s success has allowed for the ethics he was raised upon to start to permeate more and more of his public and personal life. Working closely with the ISSA Family Foundation, Dave began getting involved in the Chicago community through a series of food drives and community events that ISSA was doing. Around the same time, inspired and in support of a close friend back home in Toronto, Dave started to get involved with arts and cultural incubator, internationally awarded The Remix Project. Becoming an official ambassador of the organization in 2011, Dave hosted the first annual Dave Bolland Golf Classic in fundraising support of The Remix Project. 2012 sees Dave’s philanthropic ambitions continue to grow. Officially launching the Dave Bolland Foundation, Dave has chosen to focus on three projects; The Remix Project, Easter Seals Sledge Hockey program, and one T.B.A.
As his star continues to rise, so do Dave’s ambitions. With aspirations to be involved in the game for the rest of his life, Dave’s desire to continue to be a champion is reflected in his plans for the future. Motivated by visions of Olympic gold and doing good in the world he was born unto, Dave’s driving ambition is still a simple and honest one: "I want to be a good family man, to be an example of someone who came from a hard working background and what that person can accomplish and importantly, who that man can be to other people."
Awards and achievements
2003–04 OHL Third All-Star Team, Played in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects Game, 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 2009-10