Bolland talks 'rollercoaster' offseason

Bolland talks 'rollercoaster' offseason
August 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Nina Falcone

It's been a busy few weeks in Chicago as the Blackhawks have continued celebrating their Stanley Cup victory. But for Dave Bolland, the summer months have included a bit more drama as he's returned home to Toronto after being traded to the Maple Leafs.

On Monday, Bolland returned to the Windy City to host the "Dave Bolland Charity Golf Classic" to raise funds for under-served communities in Chicago and Toronto-area neighborhoods.

"It's always great to come back to Chicago, I've been here for a while and I know Chicago will always be behind me," Bolland said. "I'll always come back here for anything and to help out with a cause like this, it's always fun to come back."

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At his event, Bolland reflected on his time with the Blackhawks organization and the emotions he faced when he heard about the deal with the Maple Leafs.

"It's been a rollercoaster," he said. "It's been sad that I'm leaving Chicago, I have a lot of great memories and friends here. And the Blackhawks have always been extremely great to us and to me. But I'm going back to Toronto, where I'm from, and it's a good thing to go back home.

"It was a little sad, (I was) a little teary-eyed, but after that I'm going to Toronto and I'm going home and being with my family. With everybody around, it's exciting."

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Bolland recently had his day with the Stanley Cup, and he got the opportunity to celebrate with not only his family and friends, but also his new fanbase.

"It was crazy, taking the Cup back to Toronto and now being with Toronto, I got a little crazy with it but it was a fun day with it," he said. "We took it all around, had a little parade and enjoyed it."

Despite the trade, Bolland said he'll always have fond memories of Chicago, but he's excited for his new adventure.

"Just from the start of being in Chicago and ending here with two Cups, it was just a great time here," he said. "I got to know a lot of people and a lot of friends and I miss them all, but it'll be fun in Toronto."