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CSNChicago's BBQ: Grilling Dave Bolland

by Brett Ballantini / Chicago Blackhawks
It’s the first installment of BBQ, interviews with Blackhawks stars of today and yesteryear, and what better way to start than a quick postgame interview with Dave Bolland, who made his 2010 debut in last night’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. After missing three months with a back injury that was corrected by surgery in November, Bolland returned to play 18 shifts/13:46 ice time, with two shots, a hit, a takeaway, and a 4-5 record in the faceoff circle. Bolland spent some shifts centering both the third- and fourth-line wingers before ending the game where it’s believed he’ll settle in, running the show flanked by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Did it feel good to get that ovation on your first shift?

Bolland: [Laughs] It was pretty funny starting with a faceoff, and having the team stand up and welcome me back. They started laughing, and clapping. I had a little bit of the jitters, but they went away after that. It sunk in then that you were back on the ice after three months?

Bolland: It’s funny, I never experienced anything like that before, the ovation from the fans, acknowledgment from [my teammates]. It was nice. [Laughing] And it gave my teammates the chance to laugh at me a little. Was it weird to hear some ovations even before the game, just having your picture flashed up on the board?

Bolland: Yeah, and they were loud. It’s a great crowd here. The fans are awesome. It’s great being around them. They support all of us. They’re our sixth man.

Read the complete Q&A here.

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