Following a 70 point (35 goals, 35 assists) season for the Bantam Toronto Red Wings, Dave Bolland was selected eighth overall by the London Knights in the 2002 OHL Draft. He played a key role in winning the OHL Cup All-Ontario Bantam AAA Championships.
2002-03: Bolland played in 64 games as a rookie, notching 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists). His 17 points were the second most for any Knight rookie.
2003-04: Bolland had a strong season in 03-04. In 65 games, he tallied 67 points (37 goals, 30 assists), fifth most on the Knights and his 37 goals were second most. He played in the CHL Top Prospects Game and he made the Western Conference All-Star team. Bolland was named the Most Improved Player as voted on by OHL Western Conference Coaches. He then attended Chicago Blackhawks Rookie camp and tried out for the Canadian World Junior Team, but did not make the roster.
2004-05: Bolland continued to develop as a player during his third OHL season. In 66 games he recorded 85 points (31 goals, 51 assists). His 85 points were the fourth most on the Knights, ninth most in the OHL. His 31 goals were third most for the Knights, and his 51 assists were second most. He helped the Knights win the Hamilton Spectator Trophy awarded to the team with the top regular season record, and the J. Ross Robertson Cup, the OHL's championship trophy. He was named to play in the Canada/Russia Challenge Series and he played for the Western Conference All-Star Team in the OHL All-Star Game. He once again tried out for the Canadian World Junior team. He was the final cut from the roster.
2005-06: Bolland had a tremendous 05-06 season for the Knights, finishing second in the league in points with 130 (57 goals, 73 assists). His 57 goals were tied for first on the Knights and the OHL; his 73 assists were third most on the team. He also scored five shorthanded goals, second most on the team. He helped the Knights defend their Hamilton Spectator Trophy. He attended Blackhawks training camp, and he once again tried out for Team Canada’s junior team. This time, he made the roster and recorded five points (three goals, two assists) helping Canada in World Junior Gold.
2007-08: Bolland played part of the season in Rockford but spent the majority of his time in Chicago. He tallied 17 points in 39 games with the Blackhawks and had a +6 rating, as his two-way game continued to shine. Bolland proved that his AHL success is capable of being reproduced at the NHL level.
Bolland has above average speed and possesses a heavy shot. He drives to the net well and shows no fear in doing it. Loves to finish his checks and can deliver thundering hits despite his size, as he plays a gritty game. Bolland also uses his quickness and good positioning to take away space, which makes him an effective penalty killer.
Bolland plays a Kevin Dineen type of game. His physical play and solid two-way game make him an ideal checking forward.