Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland recently got back in touch with his lacrosse roots by visiting the Rock at TRAC. (Photo: Toronto Rock)
There is no shortage of National Hockey League players who made lacrosse their summer sport of choice in Canada and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Dave Bolland is no exception. On Wednesday, the 27-year old picked up the stick again to throw the ball around with several Toronto Rock players including Stephan Leblanc and Patrick Merrill, as well as newly-retired Rock great Blaine Manning and goaltending coach Pat Campbell, at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario.
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward grew up spending his summers on Drummond Street at the Mimico Arena playing lacrosse for his hometown Mimico Mountaineers. Bolland completed his minor lacrosse career and graduated to play for the local Junior B squad for a year at age 17 before laying down his stick and focusing on his junior hockey career with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got,” said Leblanc, who played against Bolland growing up. “He might be a bit rusty, but I am sure he will do just fine.”
After spending some time with members of the Rock, Bolland visited with the Mimico Midget “A” team as the minor lacrosse players practiced in preparation for the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Final 6 tournament which will decide the Provincial “A” Champions at Midget, Bantam and Peewee this weekend at the TRAC.
Bolland was recently acquired by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs after winning the second of his two career Stanley Cups in June with the Chicago Blackhawks. He will forever be remembered by ‘Hawks fans as the man who scored the game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game Six to give Chicago their second NHL championship in four seasons.