I’m with a new team now and looking to beat those guys. - Brandon Bollig
CHICAGO, IL -- Tonight's game will be a unique experience for Brandon Bollig.
The Flames forward will face off against his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, for the first time since being traded to Calgary at the 2014 NHL Draft.
"To be honest, I’m not really sure how it’s going to be," he said after the Flames pre-game meetings in Chicago. "I’ve never had to deal with this before. It’ll be mixed emotions. Obviously I’m excited. It’s always fun to play in this building. I guess now I’m finding out regardless of what team you play for. It’ll be exciting for me. It’ll be mixed emotions."
Bollig has plenty of memories in Chicago, including winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
In total, he played in 125 regular season games and 24 postseason dates with Chicago, notching 14 points in the regular season and two points in the playoffs during his three-year tenure with the organization.
"That’s one thing that kind of adds to all this emotional level," he stated. "Obviously we’ve been through a lot together winning a championship and coming close last year. That’s something that nobody can ever take away from you, winning something like that. The guys you do it with are obviously close to you for life.
"That’s definitely an added element but also I’m with a new team now and looking to beat those guys."
Players always want to be at their best when they're squaring off against an old team and Bollig wants to make sure he leaves an impression with the Blackhawks this evening.
"I want to make them miss me if possible and make them regret it. For me, it’s obviously just coming in, playing my game, but also I don’t think there should be any hard time getting pumped up for this game for me personally. It’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it."
Sometimes players can get too caught up in the hype surrounding a game against a former club but head coach Bob Hartley isn't concerned about Bollig trying to do too much and getting caught out of position.
"Bolls is pretty under control. There’s no danger. We don’t need to secure the Zamboni doors. Some players, sometimes they get so rattled and so going that you’re scared that the Zamboni doors get open and the guy gets skating in the parking lot and he doesn’t know.
"With Bolls, there’s no danger with this. He’ll be alright."
Bollig has dressed for four games with the Flames this season. He picked up his first point in Calgary silks last night, assisting on TJ Brodie's first period goal.