Dave Bolland's final minutes of ice time with the Blackhawks were about as exciting as they come.
He celebrated a Stanley Cup victory after scoring the game-winning goal during the "17 seconds" Chicago fans will never forget, but since then, things have taken a rough turn for the former Blackhawks forward.
During the 2013 NHL draft, Bolland was dealt to the Maple Leafs and started the year in Toronto strong, tallying six goals and four assists in 14 games. But all of that was short-lived as he's been sidelined for more than two months with a severed ankle tendon.
But now things are starting to look up for Bolland as he's started his on-ice recovery process.
On Saturday he was available to the Toronto media and gave the latest updates on his injury:
Big smiles on Dave Bolland today at the rink. Says it's a slow process but he can feel it improving.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 18, 2014
Bolland on when he can come back: "Who knows?"— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 18, 2014
Carlyle says they need to be careful with Bolland and he won't play until he's 100%. He might travel with team on road trip next week.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 18, 2014
Bolland: "It is difficult being patient … you push it too much & you set yourself behind"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2014
Bolland: "When you're watching & you're off the ice it does screw with your head mentally … You do get a little mentally broken down."— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2014
Bolland on staying in shape during rehab: "I could stay on that bike until I die, but it's a different kind of conditioning on the ice"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2014
Bolland spent six seasons with the Blackhawks and earned two Stanley Cups throughout that span. He tallied 168 points in 331 games played.