It’s the first installment of BBQ, interviews with Blackhawks stars of today and yesteryear, and what better way to start than a quick postgame interview with Dave Bolland, who made his 2010 debut in last night’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. After missing three months with a back injury that was corrected by surgery in November, Bolland returned to play 18 shifts/13:46 ice time, with two shots, a hit, a takeaway, and a 4-5 record in the faceoff circle. Bolland spent some shifts centering both the third- and fourth-line wingers before ending the game where it’s believed he’ll settle in, running the show flanked by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
CSNChicago.com: Did it feel good to get that ovation on your first shift?
Bolland: [Laughs] It was pretty funny starting with a faceoff, and having the team stand up and welcome me back. They started laughing, and clapping. I had a little bit of the jitters, but they went away after that.
CSNChicago.com: It sunk in then that you were back on the ice after three months?
Bolland: It’s funny, I never experienced anything like that before, the ovation from the fans, acknowledgment from [my teammates]. It was nice. [Laughing] And it gave my teammates the chance to laugh at me a little.
CSNChicago.com: Was it weird to hear some ovations even before the game, just having your picture flashed up on the board?
Bolland: Yeah, and they were loud. It’s a great crowd here. The fans are awesome. It’s great being around them. They support all of us. They’re our sixth man.
Read the complete Q&A here.