Brandon Bollig weighs in on fighting, improved scoring

Brandon Bollig weighs in on fighting, improved scoring
January 21, 2014, 9:45 am
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Brandon Bollig said the main focus of his offseason was to focus less on fighting and more on scoring.

"It feels good," he said about his five goals this season in an interview with 670 The Score. "That's something I was focused on a lot this offseason and it seems to be paying off. We have awesome resources in this organization (with all coaches) and I took advantage of that this summer and I feel great."

The Blackhawks' season began with Bollig scoring the team's first goal of the year, as well as his first in the NHL. During the lockout-shortened season, Bollig tallied no points and 51 penalty minutes in 25 games.

This season he's recorded 10 points and 65 penalty minutes in 51 games.

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"I know (the Blackhawks') mindset and their opinion on the guys that can only fight and can't play the game too much, and I knew they weren't too fond of that type of player," he said. "It's no secret fighting got me into the league and I think expanding my role and expanding my ice time will help prolong my career here."

As far as playing the "enforcer" role goes, Bollig says he's enjoying scoring goals, but misses the fighting aspect of his game.

But although he enjoys a good NHL fight, he said the recent line brawl between Vancouver and Calgary doesn't exactly put the league in the most positive light. 

"I don't know if i would say its a good thing," he said. "There are many people that like seeing a good fight but seeing something like that, people have the opinion and people could see us as barbarians."